Two pensioners assaulted in Govanhill

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Police Scotland have confirmed they are to step up patrols in the Govanhill area following two assaults on pensioners.

The force are appealing for information following the robberies on Wednesday, April 6.

The first incident happened around 6.45pm. A 73-year-old man was walking along Belleisle St, Govanhill, when he was grabbed by a man who pushed him to the ground and made off with his wallet containing a small sum of cash.

He did not require hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as of Eastern European appearance, dark skinned, in his late teens and was wearing a black leather jacket, grey hooded top and blue denims.

The second robbery happened around 10.45pm. On this occasion an 86-year-old man sustained facial injuries when three men forced their way into his flat in Garturk St, Govanhill, and stole a sum of money – all coins worth a two figure sum.

He was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he is still detained. Medical staff have said his condition is stable.

The suspects are described as of Eastern European appearance, early 20s, one with short shaved dark hair.

Chief Inspector Graham McInarlin, local area commander, said today: “At this time we cannot confirm if the two incidents are linked, however, enquiries are ongoing.

“Thankfully, neither man was seriously injured, however, I fully recognise and understand the impact this has on the local community and in particular our elderly residents.

“The seriousness of these incidents is not lost on me and be re-assured that Police Scotland is treating these incidents head on and will fully commit all resources, both local and national to deal with those responsible.

“We have increased our policing presence in the area with a significant additional number of officers deployed. This will include the Mounted Branch, the Force Flexible Policing Team, Divisional Violence Reduction Unit, Divisional Robbery Team and specially trained plain clothes officers. These officers are in addition to our local Community Police Team and dedicated Govanhill Hub Officers. We will maintain these resources indefinitely.

“Our specialist robbery officers are dealing with the robberies and will use both local and public space CCTV cameras to identify those responsible. I can assure you that these enquiries will be robust and intrusive.

“Additionally, street Police Officer briefings, normally carried out at the weekends, will take place daily at key locations throughout Govanhill.

“The men responsible for these robberies are nothing but cowards. They are despicable and deserve all that is coming to them and I am determined to catch them and put them behind bars.

“I would also encourage anyone who has been a victim of a crime to contact police. Make police your first call. If you don’t want to call police yourself, tell a neighbour or a friend to get in touch with officers. We have to be told what’s happening so that we can respond and investigate.”

Anyone with information can contact officers at Cathcart Police Office via 101. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.