Teen assaulted and robbed on Lanark Road

Police are appealing for information after a 17-year old was assaulted and robbed on Lanark Road.
Police are appealing for information after a 17-year old was assaulted and robbed on Lanark Road.
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A Teenager has been left badly injured after being assaulted and robbed by a gang of four men.

The 17-year old man was attacked as he waited for a bus at the bus stop at Gillespie crossroads on Lanark Road, opposite Tower House Nursery, at around 9pm on Monday night.

He was approached from behind by four men when, without provocation, one of them assaulted him.

He was left with facial, neck and leg injuries, while the men also stole his mobile phone. The suspects then made off in the direction of Wester Hailes.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The suspects are all described as being white - the man who carried out the attack was in his late 20s-early 30s, around 6ft 4 in tall, large muscular build, with short black messy hair, piercing blue eyes, and had some teeth missing. He spoke with an Edinburgh accent and was wearing a dark hooded top and dark jogging bottoms.

Two of the other men in the group are described as being about 6ft 4 in tall, medium build, and wearing hooded tops.

The fourth male is described as being 5ft 4in tall, thin build with distinctive bleached blonde short-cropped hair. He was wearing dark green zipped hooded top and light blue jeans and light brown shoes.

Detective Constable Richard Emerson, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This was an unprovoked attack which has left the victim with a number of injuries.

“Police are looking to speak to anyone who say the incident or the described group of males in the area around Gillespie Crossroads of Lanark Road, Edinburgh around 9pm on Monday.”

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