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Blind man punched in face on train at Haymarket

Haymarket Station
Image caption The blind man was hit as the train was arriving at Haymarket station

A blind man has been punched in the face in an "unprovoked" attack on a train pulling into an Edinburgh station.

The 28-year-old was talking on his phone as he travelled on the 1407 Aberdeen to Edinburgh train on Monday.

Just before the train pulled into Haymarket, a passenger punched him in the face before jumping off.

British Transport Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened at 1625 BST.

The attacker is described as being about 5ft 8ins tall, in his mid 30s, of stocky build, with short dark hair.

He was wearing a dark, striped top and beige trousers.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he was treated for facial injuries and later released.

Officers are reviewing CCTV footage from the train and station in an effort to identify the man responsible.

Det Con David McAllister, of the British Transport Police, said: "The train was busy with passengers at the time and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault or saw the man making off at Haymarket to contact me as a matter or urgency."

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