A petrified Edinburgh woman fled to a local supermarket for help after managing to escape an attempted robbery.

As reported by Edinburgh Live, the 33-year-old was approached by a man whilst walking along the Warriston Path close to Boat Green on Thursday, September 23.

The offender, estimated to be in his late 50s, threatened the victim before she was able to run towards the Tesco store on Broughton Road.

The suspect is thought to have ran in the opposite direction following the incident, towards Warriston Road.

The woman did not sustain any injuries, however she was 'badly shaken' by the ordeal that occurred around 8:45pm, according to police.

Officers are now keen to trace the man responsible and have appealed for the public’s help.

The man is described as being white, around 5’9 in height with a medium build and bald head.

He was said to be wearing a tight-fitting long-sleeved dark green jumper, blue jeans and a black fabric face mask at the time of the attack.

It is also understood he spoke with a Scottish accent and is said to have a bow legged gait.

Detective Constable Gary Lipscombe, from Edinburgh CID, said: “It is thankful that the victim was not injured as a result of this incident, however she was left badly shaken.

“We are appealing for anyone who was in the Warriston Road, Boat Green or Broughton Road areas last night and believes they may have seen the man in question to please come forward.

"We are also keen to speak with any motorists with potential dash cam footage from the area at that time."

DC Lipscombe added: “Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident 3505 of 23 September. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.”