The mugging of an elderly war veteran in Carnoustie has sparked a police investigation to find the culprits and also a Good Samaritan who came to his aid.
It is understood that the 82-year-old, who has not been named, was waiting for a bus to the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) when the incident took place on Friday night.
Reports suggest that the robbers made off with as little as £2.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that officers are investigating a report of a robbery of an 82-year-old man that happened in Barry Road, Carnoustie, at about 9 p.m. on Friday.
“The man was standing at the bus stop when he was assaulted by two men in their 20s, wearing dark clothing. He suffered a grazed cheek as a result of the incident.
“Police are very keen to trace a man who was driving a small, possibly white, ‘works’ van who came to the victim’s assistance shortly afterwards in Barry Road.
“Officers are making enquiries into the full circumstances and anyone who has information that could assist police with their enquiries, in particular the driver of the white van, should contact Police Scotland on 101.”
The unknown Good Samaritan took the injured man to the Carnoustie branch of the RBLS where branch chair Lindsay Martin called the emergency services.
Mr Martin said: “The Legion being a charity, we look after our members. We can confirm he is doing fine and we were very pleased that he was able to attend the Remembrance Parade on Sunday, albeit his back was a little sore from where he fell.
“We would really like the van driver to get in touch with us so we could personally thank him. It beggars belief what could have happened if he had not helped.
“This has shocked the whole community.”
Mr Martin was full of praise for Police Scotland’s response. He said: “I have got to say that the Police were there within minutes. When he was brought into the Legion I immediately dialled 999.
“I know there has been a lot of press about the police lately, but the care and attention he has had from Police Scotland has been superb so we at the Legion are very grateful for that. They have pulled out all the stops.
“They have been very supportive of him, that’s what we in the Legion are so very pleased about and that so much effort is going into catching these two cowards.
“If anyone knows who has done this they should come forward before they strike again, that’s what worrying people.”