Polish man stoned by gang in racist assault

Police have appealed for witnesses after a 41-year old Polish man was pelted with stones in a racist attack.
Police have appealed for witnesses after a 41-year old Polish man was pelted with stones in a racist attack.
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A Polish man has been pelted with stones after he was assaulted by a gang of young men in the Capital.

The 41-year-old was walking home sometime between 3pm and 3.30pm on Sunday in Niddrie House Square when a group of male youths began to shout racist remarks at him.

They then threw stones towards the victim before punching him in the face and running off.

He was taken to hospital after sustaining a number of cuts and grazes to his face and upper body but was later released.

Police are now investigating the assault and have appealed for anyone who can assist with this investigation is asked to come forward.

The youths are described only as being white and between 16 and 18-years-old. One of them had fair blond hair and was wearing a grey tracksuit.

Sergeant Kevin Smith said: “This was an unprovoked attack, which seems motivated only by the victim’s nationality.

“Fortunately the man was not seriously injured as a result of this incident but was left understandably shaken and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area on Sunday afternoon and remembers seeing anything suspicious.

“In addition, anyone who can help us identify the suspects is also asked to contact police immediately.

“We will not tolerate any form of hate crime and anyone found to be involved in crimes of this nature can expect to be dealt with by Police Scotland.”

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