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Man robbed by thieves wielding “cattle prod” in Cowdenbeath

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A Cowdenbeath man has been robbed by thieves wielding what appeared to be a cattle prod, police have revealed.

The 48-year-old victim was approached by two unknown men near a garage site in the town’s Cullaloe View at around 7.30pm on Monday April 24.

Police say the pair were holding what they described as a “conductive energy device”, something which looked like a cattle prod, and the victim handed over a three-figure sum of money and his mobile phone.

However, the robbers subsequently assaulted their victim with the device, although he was said to be uninjured by the attack and did not need medical attention.

The shocking incident has prompted a police investigation, and detectives are anxious to trace the men responsible.

Detective Inspector Kelly McEwan, of Dunfermline CID, said:  “This was an appalling and violent attack, which has left the victim badly shaken.

“It is important that we trace the two men responsible as soon as possible and officers are currently conducting high visibility patrols in the area.”

The first suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s and is around 6ft to 6ft 1in height with a medium build.

He was wearing blue mechanics overalls with a grey hooded top.  His face was covered by a bandana or similar item.

The second suspect is also a white man, who is around 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in in height with a stocky build.

He was wearing a dark blue tracksuit, with black shoes or trainers.  He was also wearing a bandana or similar to cover his face.

Detective Inspector McEwan added: “I would ask anyone who was in the Cullaloe View area of Cowdenbeath on the evening of Monday, April 24, and saw anything suspicious to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Those with information are asked to contact Dunfermline’s Criminal Investigation Department on 101, quoting incident number 2361 of April 25, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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