Holidaying soldier savagely attacked and robbed

Attack happened in East Claremont Street. Picture: Kate Chandler
Attack happened in East Claremont Street. Picture: Kate Chandler
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A serving soldier has been savagely attacked and robbed of his mobile phone by a gang in the early hours of Monday morning.

The 24-year-old soldier, who was on holiday in the city, was attacked by four or five men as he walked along East Claremont Street at around 1am.

He had left his nearby hotel to buy food and was wearing headphones listening to music on his iphone when he became ware of a group of about five men walking towards him.

Without provocation, one of them punched the man on the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

He was then kicked on the face and his hands when he tried to protect himself. The suspects all ran away, heading west towards Rodney Street.

The victim was dazed and taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he was treated for his injuries. The man subsequently realised his mobile phone had been stolen in the incident.

The suspects are all described as being white - with the one who carried out the attack being 18/19 years old, with acne on his face. He was wearing a grey Adidas-style tracksuit and white trainers. One of the other suspects was wearing a blue hoody.

Detective Sergeant Lynsey Thomson said: “This was an unprovoked attack on someone visiting Edinburgh on holiday.

“We are eager for people to come forward with any details which may assist police.”