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Man attacked by 'tweed jacket' gang in Edinburgh

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A man has been seriously assaulted in Edinburgh by a group of between six to 12 men.

The 33-year-old victim was walking on the Cowgate at about 02:30 on Sunday when he was attacked. He suffered facial injuries and a fractured arm.

The group of men are thought to be in their late 20s and were wearing tweed jackets or suits. He was attacked at the junction with Candlemaker Row.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

The victim was struck from behind and then assaulted by a group.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

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Witnesses said the group then headed up Victoria Street, where they were lost to sight.

Det Sgt Neil Spowart, of Police Scotland, said: "This appears to have been an unprovoked assault which left the victim needing hospital treatment.

"We are appealing for anyone who was in the area of the Cowgate around 02:30 on Sunday, and who saw this altercation take place.

"The group of suspects have been described as wearing distinctive tweed jackets, and so we hope this description will assist in jogging people's memories, particularly if they have information on which pub or bar they were in beforehand."

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