Boxing fans attack pub staff and customers

One man was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Picture: Gareth Easton.

One man was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Picture: Gareth Easton.

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POLICE are hunting a trio of boxing fans who attacked staff and customers at city pub.

The suspects launched the assaults at the Three Monkeys pub in Portobello’s High Street a short time after leaving a boxing event at the nearby Town Hall.

A 25-year-old male bar worker sustained minor injuries while a 39-year-old man suffered serious facial wounds and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Another man who was assaulted during the incident, which took place at around 10.45pm on Saturday, left the pub before police arrived.

The thugs had only been in the bar for a short while before becoming involved in the disturbance.

The suspects made off onto the High Street before being lost to sight.

Detectives are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

The first suspect is described as white, late 20s to late 30s, 5ft 10in tall with a stocky build, short brown hair and round features. He was wearing khaki-coloured trousers and a beige crew-necked top.

The second suspect is described as being white, between 35 and 45-years-old, 5ft 7in tall with a stocky build and bulging eyes.

The third suspect is described as white, late 20s, average height with a thin build. He was wearing a light-coloured top that possibly had leather patches on the sleeves.

Detective Constable John McShane said: “All three suspects are believed to have visited the pub, having attended a local boxing event at the nearby town hall, and almost immediately became involved in a dispute with those inside the premises.

“During the disturbance three men suffered various injuries and we are keen to trace the third victim, who was not present when officers arrived.

“Similarly, anyone who can help us identify the men responsible, or who has any other information relevant to this investigation should contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information on the incident can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.