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Maciej Ciania murder: Police translate Leith death appeal

police at the Dickson street scene
Image caption It is thought Mr Ciania's body had been lying in the flat for up to two days

Police investigating the murder of a Polish man in Edinburgh say they are following positive lines of inquiry.

Maciej Ciania's body was discovered at a flat in Dickson Street, Leith, at about 09:00 on Saturday.

The 34-year-old is said to have suffered a "violent and brutal" death.

An appeal for information from his friends and associates has been been translated into Polish, Russian and Lithuanian and placed on the Lothian and Borders Police website.

Detectives are hoping it will encourage members of the Eastern European communities to come forward.

Mr Ciania's body was discovered by his flatmate. It is thought it had been lying in the flat for up to two days. He was last seen alive on Thursday morning.

A team of 40 officers are currently working on the case, and high visibility patrols have been stepped up in the Leith area following the murder.

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Police know little about Mr Ciania's lifestyle and have appealed to anyone who knew him, or who may have worked with him in the past, to come forward.

They say they have a good response to the media appeals so far.

Det Supt Allan Jones said: "We understand that local Leith residents may be nervous in their communities following such a significant event. However, I would like to reassure members of the public that there is no immediate danger.

"We will continue to provide extra officers on and around Dickson Street, not only to gather vital information, but to put people's minds at ease.

"I have been really encouraged by the public response to the media activity so far and I'd like to thank everyone who's phoned in or spoken to us face-to-face since we launched our appeal."

He added: "We know there may still be others out there who can help with our inquiry, and I would appeal to anyone who has information but hasn't come forward to give us a phone as soon as possible.

"Similarly, I hope the translation of our press release will encourage members of the Eastern European community to come forward. We have translation services available for anyone who requires them, and we can provide Polish speaking officers if preferable."

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