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Maciej Ciania murder: Officers visit Edinburgh churches

Maciej Ciania
Image caption Maciej Ciania's body was discovered by his flatmate at his home in Leith

Police investigating the murder of a Polish man in Edinburgh have been visiting churches in the capital in a bid to gain information about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Maciej Ciania's body was found in his flat in Dickson Street, Leith, on Saturday 14 January by his flatmate.

The 34-year-old is said to have suffered a "violent and brutal" death.

Crimestoppers has also said it will offer a £1,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest.

Members of the Lothian and Borders Police major inquiry team have been attending services at St Mary's Cathedral and Abbeyhill Baptist Church in a bid to make contact with the Polish community and build up more information about Mr Ciania.

Det Insp Stuart Houston said: "I know it is an unusual step for police to visit places of worship during such a high profile inquiry, however we know that the key to this investigation lies in the community, particularly the Polish community, and I am confident that the Polish residents of Edinburgh will be keen to assist us in tracing those responsible for Maciej's death."

Earlier this week Mr Ciania's sister, Aleksandra, appealed for information and said the family had been left devastated by his death.

Police also said they wanted to trace a man in his 20s who hailed a taxi in Leith between 22:45 and 23:30 on Friday 13 January.

More than 40 officers are working on the murder inquiry.

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