A GANG are being hunted after a man was attacked outside a shop.
The 27-year-old was pounced on by a group of men and women near to the Scotmid Co-operative store on Mayfield Place, Dalkeith.
The incident took place between 5.00pm and 6.30pm on Friday.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and later discharged after treatment.
Detective Inspector Paul Batten of Police Scotland said: “This was an unprovoked and vicious assault that resulted in significant injury to a man who was only trying to enter a shop.
“Our enquiries are ongoing as we work towards tracing everyone involved in this senseless attack and the public can be assured that we take a zero tolerance approach to this type of criminal behaviour.
“Foot patrols have been deployed in the area as we work closely with the local community to identify the youths who had been hanging around the shops on Friday.
“At present we understand that one of the male attackers had been wearing a grey coloured tracksuit but I encourage anyone who has any relevant information whatsoever to contact police 101.
“Alternatively, if you want to pass information confidentially then you can do this by contacting the registered charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”