Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man 'violently' attacked on train in Edinburgh

Haymarket Station
Image caption The man was attacked after boarding a train at Haymarket Station in Edinburgh

A "violent attack" on a train has left a Fife man needing hospital treatment for facial injuries, including a broken nose.

The 58-year-old man was assaulted after boarding the 20:18 service to Inverkeithing at Haymarket station on Monday at about 20:15.

Another man also got on the train at the same stop and had a row with the 58-year-old man before attacking him.

The man was punched several times to the head in coach F.

He was then knocked to the ground.

The attacker had to be pulled off the man by another passenger.

The injured man was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

The attacker is about 5ft 10ins, of slim build, with short fair hair. He was wearing a maroon football top.

Officers said they would be looking at CCTV footage from the train and stations.

Thomas Ashman, of the British Transport Police, said: "I am appealing for information, after this unwarranted and violent attack, from anyone who was on the train or at the stations on Monday evening.

"My information is that the man suspected of the assault is a regular commuter to and from Inverkeithing and therefore I believe he resides in the town.

"If you have information which can assist our inquiries and help identify him I am anxious to hear from you."

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