Man subjected to ‘brutal’ homophobic attack

Police are appealing for information. Pic: file

Police are appealing for information. Pic: file

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A MAN has been pushed to the ground and kicked in the face in a “brutal” homophobic attack in Edinburgh.

The victim was walking with another man on Johnston Terrace, heading towards the Lawnmarket, at 3.10am on Saturday when the attack happened.

Police said they were approached and verbally abused by three other men, one of whom punched the victim to the ground before he and one of his companions then kicked him about the face. After the attack, the three men ran off and were chased by two passers-by into Castle Terrace, where they lost sight of them.

PC Neil McIntyre, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a brutal, unprovoked and homophobic attack on an innocent member of the public and I am very keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, particularly the two men who came to the victim’s aid before giving chase to the three suspects.

“We have descriptions of two of the men who carried out this vicious assault, and both are described as being white British men in their mid-20s, with one being 5ft 6in in height and the other being 6ft tall. “The first man had short, dirty blonde hair, was clean shaven and was wearing a black cardigan or jumper, while his taller companion had olive skin and black hair and was wearing a white top with long sleeves.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.