Police probe weekend assaults and robberies

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a series of assaults and robberies in Midlothian.

The first happened at around 11.30pm on Bonnyrigg High Street on Saturday (July 4).

A 21-year-old woman was walking at a venal near to the RBS ATM machine and was knocked unconscious and on waking found her purse, with bankcard and cash, to be stolen.

The woman received minor injuries to her head and was treated by the ambulance service at the scene.

Unfortunately there is no suspect description available as the victim was approached from behind, although she believes there was one man involved.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

Detective Constable James Welsh of Dalkeith CID said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for the young woman involved and we’re urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident, seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incident, or who has any information which can help with our enquiries, to come forward.”

A further two assaults and robberies occurred in the early hours of Sunday (Jul 5) in the Lauder Road area of Dalkeith - the first when a group of four males attacked a 23-year-old man who was standing alone at a bus stop on Lauder Road opposite Bruce Gardens at 12.30am. He was dragged onto a grass area behind the bus stop where he was robbed of his wallet and mobile phone before being assaulted.

The suspects are thought to be in their mid teens with one riding a BMX bike and two wearing hooded tops with the hoods up.

In a separate incident, a man was assaulted and robbed as he walked on Lauder road at around 2.30am, near to where the previous robbery took place. The victim was approached from behind by two males who punched him in the head causing him to drop his iPhone 6.

One of the males then picked up the phone while the other demanded that the man hand over his wallet. The male managed to run away from his attackers who were last seen heading in the direction of Bruce Gardens.

The first suspect is described as white, aged 16-20 years old with short light hair and a slim build. His accomplice is also white, aged 16-20 years old and had a slim build however he was also said to be wearing a dark hooded top, dark joggers and spoke with a local accent.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Constable Mandy Cummings of Police Scotland said: “Both incidents were particularly vicious and it would appear the attackers were targeting people who were on their own and on foot.

“At this stage we are keeping an open mind that these offences are linked but we need the assistance of the public to ensure the suspects are traced as quickly as possible.

“Anyone who seen them or has information that may assist our ongoing enquiry is asked to call 101 or, alternatively information can be passed anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111’