Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man attacked in Bonnyrigg twice in 24 hours

A 30-year-old man has been left with permanent eye injuries after being attacked twice in 24 hours.

The victim was repeatedly hit on the head with a metal pole while walking in the Dobbies Road area of Bonnyrigg at about 20:30 on Wednesday night.

At about 10:30 the next morning he was pushed to ground and threatened as he was walking along the town's High Street.

Police are investigating whether the two assaults are linked.

The suspect in the first incident was described as being white, in his 40s, of muscular build and with short, cropped, black hair. He was clean shaven and had a large black and tan dog with him.

Eye injuries

The attacker in the second incident was described as being in his late 20s, about 5ft 8in tall, of large build. He was clean shaven with shaved black hair.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "These assaults have left a man with significant and permanent eye injuries and we are keen to catch the perpetrators of these as a matter of urgency.

"At this stage, we are yet to establish whether the two incidents are linked, however we know that there would have been eye witnesses who may hold vital information to help us trace these suspects."

He added: "The assault in the High Street occurred in a busy street with numerous shoppers in the area, and I would ask anyone with information to come forward.

"Similarly, we would be keen to speak to anyone who recognises the description of the male and who may have seen him between Wednesday night and Thursday lunchtime."

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