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Man assaulted in The Meadows in Edinburgh

Middle Meadow Walk
Image caption The attack happened on Middle Meadow Walk in Edinburgh

A man has been punched to the ground in an unprovoked attack in the Meadows in Edinburgh.

The 30-year-old was walking through Middle Meadow Walk at about 22:30 when two men approached him.

One of the men punched the victim in the face, knocked him to the ground and continued assaulting him before taking his personal belongings.

A member of the public came to the aid of the victim and the two men were then followed to George Square.

They jumped onto the railway track at Waverley Station and made off.

One attacker is described as white, in his early to mid 40s, 5ft 11ins tall with an unshaven appearance.

'Frightening experience'

He was wearing a green jacket, a khaki-coloured hunting-style hat with earflaps, scarf, black trousers, gloves and was carrying a rucksack.

The other man is described as white, 6ft tall, of medium build, with short cropped dark hair and he was wearing a light-coloured jacket.

Det Con John McShane, Lothian and Borders Police, said: "Despite what must have been a very frightening experience for the victim, he was not seriously injured and continued to pursue his attackers as they made off from the Meadows.

"Given the distance the suspects have travelled, there are potentially many members of the public who remember seeing men matching their description make their way towards George Square and then on towards Waverley Station.

"We are currently reviewing local CCTV and working alongside British Transport Police and are keen to hear from anyone who believes they can assist with our enquiries.

"Anyone who can help identify these men is asked to contact police immediately."

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