Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Taxi driver seriously hurt in racist attack in Edinburgh's London Road

London Road, Edinburgh Image copyright Google
Image caption The taxi driver was on London Road near the Omni Centre when he was attacked

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for information after a taxi driver was seriously assaulted in a racist attack.

The 33-year-old man was driving a black cab on London Road near the Omni Centre at 04:00, when he was flagged down by two young men, who got into the taxi.

However, two other men and a woman then pulled the original two male passengers out of the taxi and assaulted the taxi driver, causing serious injuries.

A 34 year old man and a 28 year old woman have been charged with assault.

They are due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

Police are also still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Det Con Kevin Tait, of Police Scotland, said: "This was a violent and unprovoked assault, which we are treating as racist, and which has left the victim badly injured and requiring treatment at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

"We would appeal to the males who were ejected from the taxi by the suspects to contact police, and to any taxi drivers or other passers-by who may have witnessed the incident."

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