A GANG of feral teenagers as young as 13 viciously attacked a 64-year-old man as he left a Chinese takeaway, putting him in hospital.
The victim was attacked between 11 and 11.30pm on Wednesday night in Edinburgh’s Craigentinny Road.
He suffered a broken hip after being pushed to the ground.
The group of youths, aged in their early to mid teens, hurled abuse at the man before physically confronting him.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the attack, or anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, to come forward.
The man was a customer of the takeaway, and police say enquiries are ongoing as to why he was targeted.
He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after the attack, where he is still being treated.
A police spokesman said: “The victim has suffered a painful injury to his hip after confronting the suspects who were being abusive to him as he began making his way home.
“We are keen to speak to any passing motorists, pedestrians or patrons from the takeaway who remember seeing the youths in the area and can help us identify them.
“Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our enquiries is asked to contact police immediately.”
Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on
0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.