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Separate attacks in Edinburgh linked to three teenagers

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Image caption The taxi driver was attacked in Oxgangs Avenue

Three teenagers are being sought for two separate attacks in an Edinburgh suburb.

Both attacks happened in Oxgangs on Monday.

A 48-year-old pizza delivery man was attacked at a block of flats in Oxgangs Grove at about 20:20. Then at 22:50 a 49-year-old male taxi driver was attacked in Oxgangs Avenue.

A police Scotland spokesman said the suspects were all white and aged between 14 and 17.

The pizza delivery man had arrived at a block of flats in Oxgangs Grove.

'Brazen attacks'

After parking his car he entered a stairwell when three teenagers approached him from behind.

They demanded he hand over his pizza delivery before attacking him. The man was hit several times in the arms and body causing him to fall to the ground.

The attackers then fled the scene carrying the pizza bag.

The taxi driver was parked in Oxgangs Avenue when he was attacked.

Without warning, the teenagers opened the driver and passenger doors and demanded that the man hand over his money.

They then began punching him in the head before running off into Oxgangs Street and then Oxgangs Park.

No money was handed over, however, the teenagers stole the man's mobile phone.

'Traumatic experience'

The first man was described as being 5ft 7ins tall and wore a navy tracksuit top and grey bottoms.

The second attacker was about 5ft 9ins tall and wore a dark hooded tracksuit top and grey bottoms.

The third man was about 5ft 7ins tall and wore a dark tracksuit top, light-coloured bottoms and white trainers.

Det Insp John Kavanagh, of Police Scotland, said: "Given the brazen nature of these attacks and the vicinity in which they were carried out we believe that both incidents are linked and had been carried out by the same culprits.

"Thankfully, the victims escaped serious injury however it was an extremely traumatic experience for them and we are keen to arrest those responsible.

"I'm appealing to anyone who recognises the descriptions of the suspects or who observed suspicious activity in the areas of Oxgangs Grove and Oxgangs Avenue on Monday night to come forward."

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