Man In Hospital After Serious Assault On Royal Mile

21 August 2017, 11:33

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A man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was attacked by a man who insulted his partner as they walked along the Royal Mile.

The 57-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were walking outside the Marchbrae shop at around 1.10am on Saturday August 19 when they passed a group of four men.

One of the men made an offensive comment towards the woman and was challenged by her partner.

The suspect then attacked the victim, leaving him with a serious injury to his right leg and a minor injury to his head.

He was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he continues to be treated.

Police are appealing for information about the incident.

Detective Constable Ryan Lee from Gayfield CID said: "This assault has resulted in some painful injuries for the victim and we are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to trace the male responsible.

"Despite the time, the area was likely still very busy, with many people making their way to and from Festival events, and so anyone who witnessed what happened should contact police immediately.

"We would also urge the other members of the suspect's group to come forward, as their friend's actions have left a man in hospital and behaviour like this cannot be tolerated."

The suspect is described as white, in his forties, around 5ft 9in tall with a slim build and short dark hair.

He was wearing a dark jacket and a white shirt underneath.

Anyone with information can contact Gayfield CID via 101 and quote incident number 324 from August 19, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.