A MAN is being treated in hospital after being stabbed in the neck during an early morning attack.
Residents who were wakened by screaming rushed out to find the 24-year-old victim lying unconscious in the street.
An ambulance rushed to the scene in Craigentinny at 1.45am yesterday and took him to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. His condition was said to be serious but stable. Kekewich Avenue was cordoned off while forensic teams scoured the road and pavement and police officers stood guard.
A witness who asked not to be named was today quoted describing the attack as “barbaric”. He said: “I was in bed and suddenly heard this screaming and shouting. I saw something lying on the floor. When I went into the garden I realised it was a young man. With the amount of blood and the fact he wasn’t talking I thought he was dead.”
Detective Sergeant Graham Grant, based at Craigmillar, said: “A man has sustained a serious but not life-threatening injury during this incident and we are obviously very keen to identify those responsible.
“At this time it is unclear exactly what happened in Kekewich Avenue but there appears to have been a disturbance and raised voices in the street.
“Door-to-door inquiries are being carried out, but any members of the public who saw or heard anything suspicious in Kekewich Avenue or, indeed, in the Craigentinny area is urged to get in touch.”
Giacomo Modica, chairman of the Craigentinny and Meadowbank Community Council, said it was the first time he had ever heard of anyone being attacked in that area.
Stefan Tymkewycz, SNP councillor for Craigentinny and Duddingston, said: “I would ask that everybody supports and helps the police with their inquiries.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101.