A THUG used a rolling pin to beat another man in a daylight attack witnessed by terrified visitors to a city arts centre.
The victim was struck with the kitchen utensil after the attacker pulled up in a car near the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Hawthornvale, Newhaven, at around 11.20am yesterday.
Visitors to the workshop warned other pedestrians to keep back as they watched on in horror.
Police later charged a 39-year-old man in connection with the incident, and he is set to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.
The victim managed to run to safety and leapt over a nearby fence to escape his attacker. He has not yet been traced by police, who have appealed for any other witnesses to the assault to come forward.
Daniel Brown, professional development coordinator at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, said: “I saw the victim running away but I didn’t make the connection at the time. I was in the back of the building – I just thought he was running to take a shortcut over the fence.
“It was only when I spoke to two visitors to the workshop who saw what happened that I realised.
“Apparently a car pulled up at speed with two people inside and one of them jumped out. There was a fight between him and another man who was struck with a piece of wood of some kind.
“The victim must have been quite sprightly, though, despite being attacked. He jumped over the fence and on to the cycle path, which is quite a big drop.”
One resident of Hawthornvale, who asked not to be named, said: “I was walking down the street when someone ran up and told me to be careful because a man was being attacked with a bat down the street.
“I didn’t see anything, but I was told the car came racing down the street and screeched to a halt. The guy then jumped out and attacked the other man.
“It’s usually quiet around here and you wouldn’t expect this, especially in the middle of the morning.”
A police spokesman said: “A 39-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged disturbance in Hawthornvale at around 11.20am yesterday.
“Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact police.”
In September, the Evening News revealed a range of unusual objects used as weapons which had been seized on Edinburgh’s streets, including a violin case, a potato peeler and a television. The haul also included a pizza shovel, a quill pen and a pool ball in a sock.
A total of 132 baseball bats were recovered as well as 128 hammers and 57 golf clubs.