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article imageEdinburgh pensioner robbed while tending daughters grave

By Gemma Fox     Apr 25, 2010 in Crime
Edinburgh - Police in Edinburgh are hunting a man who robbed an elderly lady in a cemetery while she tended to the grave of her daughter.
The attack took place at Drum Terrace Cemetery near the city's Easter Road at about 2.30 pm yesterday afternoon.
A man pushed the 80-year old woman to the ground. He then stole her handbag which contained more than £100, before running off.
A couple who were also in the cemetery came to the woman's aid. They contacted the police.
The woman, who was tending her daughter's grave at the time, is said to be shaken after the incident but not physically hurt.
A spokesman for Lothian and Borders police said:
"I am appealing for anyone who saw this man running from the cemetery and into this area to contact police immediately."
They also issued a description of the robber. He is said to be a white male between about 5 ft 10 and 6ft tall, he's thought to be between 20 and 40 years old and has dark hair which was greying around the sides. He was wearing dark trousers and a beige jacket.
The woman's handbag and some of the contents were found near a DIY store later.
Describing the incident police said it was a "disgraceful crime committed against an elderly lady in broad daylight."
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