Police are hunting a ‘scruffy’ thug who tried to rob a woman near a Banff play park.

The 50-year-old was walking at the bottom of Cramond Terrace in the town at around 2pm on Saturday, May 15, when she was approached by the suspect.

He attempted to grab her handbag but made off empty handed leaving his victim ‘extremely upset’ by the ordeal.

Officers are keen to trace the man, described as being in his 30s, who they believe fled the scene using a number of paths leading away from the play area.

He was wearing a black jacket with a grey top underneath and grey jeans.

Detective Constable Lee Keller from Ellon CID said: "Fortunately the woman was not injured but left extremely upset by what happened.

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“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident to contact us, particularly if they saw this man both before and after the assault.

“There are a number of paths leading from the playpark to nearby streets and I would urge anyone who may have seen anything to get in touch as any small piece of information could help us to trace this man.

“I would also ask any drivers who were in the area and may have dash-cam footage which could help with our enquiries to get in touch.”

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2317 of Saturday, 15 May, 2021, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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