Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Attacker bit man in face in street assault in Edinburgh

Easter Road, Edinburgh Image copyright Google
Image caption A 57-year-old was walking his dog on Edinburgh's Easter Road when a man punched him in the face

A man has been bitten on the cheek during an attack in an Edinburgh street.

The 57-year-old was walking his dog on Edinburgh's Easter Road when a man punched him in the face at about 11:00 on Thursday near the Londis shop.

A struggle broke out between the two men, during which he was bitten.

A minibus driver helped the victim by driving him away from the area, Police Scotland said. Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Hibs crest

The attacker is white, 25 to 30 years old and between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 10ins with short, bright ginger hair.

He was wearing a grey zip-up hooded top with a Hibs crest on the left chest, black top underneath and dark trousers and trainers.

Con Andrew McMath, of Police Scotland, said: "This incident quickly escalated from a verbal altercation into quite a serious attack, which left the victim with a painful facial injury.

"I would urge anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in Easter Road on Thursday morning to contact police immediately.

"Similarly, if anyone can help us to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault, they should also get in touch."

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