Three badly hurt in Capital’s night of horror

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Police used a tent to preserve the crime scene in Cables Wynd

POLICE are investigating three vicious attacks in the Scottish capital in one night of bloody violence.

In the first incident, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed with a broken bottle in the Wester Hailes area of the city on Sunday morning.

The victim was hit over the head with the bottle before being stabbed in the chest by an older man.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The suspect is described as white, 20 to 25-years-old, 5ft 10ins tall, with short dark hair, and wearing a blue t-shirt.

A police spokesman said: “While the victim’s injuries are not life-threatening, he still suffered a serious chest wound as a result of this attack, and we are appealing for any information that can help us trace the suspect.

“Anyone who witnessed the assault, which happened outside a block of flats in Westburn Park, should contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any other information that can help our inquiries, should also get in touch.”

Earlier the same day a 33-year-old man was targeted while walking towards London Road.

The man was walking alone when he was approached by four males on Leopold Place.

One of the group punched him once to the face without warning and the victim then fell backwards and hit his head off the pavement.

The men then walked off towards Elm Row.

A police spokesperson said “this was a completely unprovoked attack which has left the victim seriously injured.

“Anyone who saw what happened, or was in the area of Leopold Place or Elm Row and saw a group of men acting suspiciously, should contact us immediately.

Another violent assault on Monday morning saw a man in his 20s left in a serious condition in Leith.

Police said the victim suffered a serious head injury in the 1am attack, however locals claimed the man had been stabbed.

Residents who live in the same block of flats as the victim claimed he had been beaten and stabbed in a flat in block before being taken over the road and being dumped on an old mattress next to a bin store.

He was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and he remains in a critical condition. Two men have been detained in connection with the incident, and police are appealing for any potential witnesses to come forward.A police spokesman said: “We want to speak to anyone who was in the area of Cables Wynd in the early hours of this morning, who either saw what happened or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, to get in touch as a matter of urgency.

Anyone with any information on any of the crimes should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0800 555 111, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111

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