A MAN has been left with permanent eye injuries after being assaulted twice in 24 hours.
The 30-year-old victim was badly beaten by a man wielding a metal pole as he walked in the Bonnyrigg area of Edinburgh.
He was attacked near the Dobbies garden centre at around 8.30pm on Wednesday night.
His attacker, who had a black and tan dog with him, hit his victim repeatedly on the head and the body before running off.
The suspect is described as being a white male in his 40’s, of muscular build and with short cropped black hair. He was clean shaven.
Less than 24 hours later he was attacked again, this time on the High Street in Bonnyrigg.
At around 10.30am on Thursday morning the victim was pushed to the ground and threatened in what police believe was an unprovoked attack.
Police are looking to speak to a man described as being in his late 20’s, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, clean shaven and of large build with shaved black hair.
Police say they are not yet linking the attacks.
A police spokesperson said: “These assaults have left a man with significant and permanent eye injuries and we are keen to catch the perpetrators of these as a matter of urgency.
“At this stage, we are yet to establish whether the two incidents are linked, however we know that there would have been eye witnesses who may hold vital information to help us trace these suspects.
“The assault in the High Street occurred in a busy street with numerous shoppers in the area, and I would ask anyone with information to come forward.
“Similarly, we would be keen to speak to anyone who recognises the description of the male and who may have seen him between Wednesday night and Thursday lunchtime.”