A YOUNG teenager told today how he was left with shocking injuries after being slashed in the face in a horror daytime attack.
The assault happened in a quiet lane where local high school pupils made a short film about a boy being stabbed to death.
Sixteen-year-old Warren Soulsby was heading home for lunch in Prestonpans, East Lothian, when he was approached by a man, in an alley known locally as Coffin Lane, who asked him for the time.
As the teen was checking his phone, the thug slashed at the boy’s face with a sharp implement leaving him with a gash on his cheek.
He ran home stemming the flow of blood with his school shirt.
He was later taken to hospital to be treated.
Warren said: “Just as I looked at my watch I saw him go into his pocket and pull something out.
“In seconds he was lashing out. It was totally out of the blue. There was nothing I could do to defend myself”.
“He didn’t say another word. After hitting me he just turned and ran off. It was all over in a few seconds.
“The guy was clearly going to attack the first person he saw – better me than an old age pensioner or a child”.
The suspect then ran off in the direction of the school at around 1.10pm on Wednesday.
The attack left the boy with a gash in his cheek that required stitches.
Last year, pupils at the high school made a five-minute, tongue-in-cheek movie called Murder in Coffin Lane, which has been viewed several hundred times on Youtube.
The short fictitious movie sees a youngster witness a murder in the lane, next to Prestonpans cemetery and not far from the high school, before being threatened by the murderer and sworn to secrecy.
The real-life suspect is described as white, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in tall, 18 to 25 years old, of thin build, clean shaven, and with a local accent.
He was wearing a purple New York Yankees baseball cap, a black hooded top with a white logo on the front, and grey cotton joggers.
Police are keen to trace anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have information that can assist with their inquiries.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a teenage boy, who was left distressed by the incident and with a one inch wound that required stitches.
“Anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or has any other information relevant to this investigation is asked to come forward.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.