Leith attack treated as attempted murder

Police are investigating.

Police are investigating.

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POLICE are treating a sustained attack on a man in Leith as attempted murder.

The 40-year-old victim received a number of “significant injuries” and is in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where his condition has been described as “serious”.

The incident happened around 8.30pm on Saturday on Coatfield Lane.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Maclean said: “We are treating this incident as attempted murder and are following a positive line of inquiry.

“It was a violent and sustained assault and included the use of a weapon.

“It does appear that those involved were known to one another and, consequently, I would like to reassure the local community that this has not been a random attack.

“There will be an increased police presence in and around Coatfield Lane whilst my team carry out investigations and officers search the area.

“I would urge anyone who has information to please come forward, and contact Police Scotland via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”