Police praised Shieldhill robbery victim

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A woman who was the victim of an attempted robbery in a Braes village has praised police for their response.

She was returning home from a meeting at Shieldhill Primary School last Thursday around 9.15pm when a male approached her, pushing her over and trying to steal her handbag.

The victim had been walking through the path between Main Street and Pirleyhill Drive. After the unsuccessful robbery, the man made off in the direction of Pirleyhill Drive.

The suspect is described as white, around 5ft 10ins, slim build and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood up and pulled tight, dark three stripe, possibly Adidas tracksuit bottoms and bright white trainers.

As officers continue their enquiries this week, the woman said: “I’d really like to thank Police Scotland for their response to the incident. They have taken a lot of bad press recently.

“They responded very fast, from the lady on the other end of the line when I dialled 999 who stayed on the line till I was safe in a friend’s house, to the lovely kind officer who took my statement and was patient and kind as I was shaken up and physically sick.

“I can’t fault the police response at all.”

Detective Inspector Kenneth McAndrew said: “This was a frightening attack on a lone woman, who was returning home from a community meeting.

“We are now appealing for any information regarding this incident. Anyone who was in the area at the time, and recognises the suspect description, is asked to contact us immediately on 10.”