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Maciej Ciania murder: Appeal to Edinburgh taxi drivers

police at the Dickson street scene
Image caption Mr Ciania's body was discovered by his flatmate

Detectives investigating the murder of a Polish man in Edinburgh are appealing to taxi drivers to help trace a man they want to speak to.

Maciej Ciania, 34, was found dead in his flat in Dickson Street, Leith, on Saturday morning by his flatmate.

Police are keen to trace a man who may have hailed a taxi in the Leith area between 22:45 and 23:30 on Friday.

He was in his 20s and was wearing a dark jacket and grey trousers. He may had an Eastern European accent.

He may have got into a taxi on Easter Road, Leith Walk, or any of the surrounding streets.

Officers would also like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have seen a man fitting the description walking around the Dickson Street area.

Det Supt Allan Jones said: "Mr Ciania suffered considerably at the hands of his killer, and, as a matter of urgency, we are keen to trace anyone who can help us in our inquiries.

"I would appeal to taxi drivers, residents and anyone in the area between Leith Walk and Easter Road, including the adjoining streets, between 10.45pm and 11.30pm who may recognise the man from this description to come forward immediately."

Family 'devastated'

He added: "We have been linking in closely with Mr Ciania's family in rural Poland and they are understandably absolutely devastated by his death.

"They have lost a much loved son and brother and we are determined to find the person responsible to allow them some resolution."

Det Supt Jones said Mr Ciania was also known as '"MC".

"We are hoping that this may jog the memories of others who might not have otherwise come forward," he added.

"Translation services are available for any witnesses who require it, and we can provide Polish-speaking officers if preferable."

It is thought Mr Ciania's body may have been lying in the flat for up to two days.

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police.

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