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Youth sought after unprovoked attack in Edinburgh

A boy who made an unprovoked attack on a man during broad daylight as he walked in Edinburgh is being sought by police.

The 48-year-old was walking from the Craigleith Retail Park towards Telford Road at the McDonald's restaurant, when he passed the gang of 10 to 12 youths.

As the group walked by, one of the youths punched the man in the face before they ran off to the retail park.

It happened at about 15:35 on Thursday on Groathill Avenue.

The man was taken to the ERI and was later transferred to St John's Hospital in Livingston where he is currently being treated for fractures to his left cheekbone.

Unprovoked assault

Police were then contacted and are now appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault to come forward.

The group of youths are white, male and between 12 and 16 years old.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "This was an entirely unprovoked assault on an unsuspecting victim, leaving him with painful injuries to his face.

"Anyone who was in the Groathill Avenue area on Thursday at about 15:35 and saw anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.

"Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing the group prior to, or following the incident and can assist in identifying them."

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