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Man punched in face in racist attack in Edinburgh

Niddrie House Square Image copyright Google
Image caption The incident happened in Niddrie House Square on Sunday

Police are appealing for witnesses following a racist attack in Edinburgh over the weekend.

The incident happened in Niddrie House Square between 15:00 and 15:30 on Sunday.

A 41-year-old Polish man was walking home when a group of male youths began to shout racist remarks at him.

The group then threw stones towards the victim before punching him in the face. He was taken to hospital with cuts and grazes.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Unprovoked attack

The youths were white and aged between 16 and 18. One of them had fair/blond hair and was wearing a grey tracksuit.

Sgt Kevin Smith, of Police Scotland, said: "This was an unprovoked attack, which seems motivated only by the victim's nationality.

"Fortunately the man was not seriously injured as a result of this incident but was left understandably shaken and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area on Sunday afternoon and remembers seeing anything suspicious.

"In addition, anyone who can help us identify the suspects is also asked to contact police immediately."

He added: "We will not tolerate any form of hate crime and anyone found to be involved in crimes of this nature can expect to be dealt with by Police Scotland."

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