DETECTIVES are hunting a ginger-haired knifeman after a man was stabbed to death in broad daylight.
Police issued a description of the man wanted in connection with the murder of Martin Hughes in Edinburgh on Monday afternoon.
Mr Hughes, 33, was stabbed at 3pm at his home at 37 Wester Hailes Park and later died of his injuries.
Police described the killing as “needless” and said the victim was popular within his community.
They are looking for a white male, around 30 years old, six feet tall with ginger or fair hair.
“No danger to public”
The suspect was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit top with a zip and light coloured tracksuit bottoms.
The suspect is believed to live in the Wester Hailes area and was last seen leaving via the rear of the block of flats where Mr Hughes was stabbed.
Leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Matt Richards said: “This was a tragic incident that has resulted in the needless death of a young man who was popular within the local community, and we are appealing for any witnesses who haven’t yet contacted police to come forward.
“Anyone who was in the area of Wester Hailes Park on Monday afternoon, who saw the victim or the suspect there, should get in touch as a matter of urgency.
“Similarly, anyone else who has any information that can assist our inquiries should also contact us.
“At this time we are following a positive line of inquiry, and there is no wider danger to the public at large.
“However we have stepped up uniformed patrols in the area in order to provide reassurance and support to local residents.”
Neighbours in the area described Mr Hughes as being a pleasant man who doted on his Alsatian dog, called Chomp.
Housewife and neighbour Mrs Notman, 53, said: “He was very nice, he was quiet and he loved his dog.
“He would always say hello when he passed by, he was one of the decent ones.”
Eliane Ferguson, 22, lives in the house next door to the block where Martin Hughes died.
She said: “He was a nice guy and I would meet him when I was out walking my dog.
“He was one of the good neighbours round here.
“It’s a terrible thing to happen – you don’t expect something like that so close to home.”
Anyone with more details is requested to call Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131.