Edinburgh police investigate racial attack

An Indian man was assaulted after being racially abused in the centre of Edinburgh.

The 28-year-old was walking with two friends in the west end of Princes Street at 03:00 when a man approached and made racist comments towards them.

He then punched the victim, knocking him to the ground, before running off along Princes Street.

The Indian man was treated for facial injuries at the city's Royal Infirmary.

The suspect is described as being white, with short dark hair, about 5ft 8in tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a dark-coloured jacket, dark trousers and white trainers.

Det Sgt Mark McCulloch said: "This has been an entirely unprovoked assault which has left a young man requiring hospital treatment.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time, and who might recognise the description of the suspect, to contact us on 101.

"The area would have been busy with taxis and people walking home from nights out, so we are keen to talk to anyone who might have some further information to come forward.

"This is being treated as a hate crime and we are offering the man the relevant support and assistance at this time."

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