GOOD Samaritans who saved a man being kicked and punched by teenagers in an unprovoked daylight attack are being sought by police.
The 29-year-old man was viciously beaten as he walked south on the bridge crossing the Water of Leith at the north end of Great Junction Street.
But members of the public stepped in to help the victim as he was set upon by three youths in what has been branded a “mindless” assault.
Police are still trying to trace the brave passers-by who intervened in a bid to identify the assailants.
The attackers are believed to be aged between 16 and 18.
PC Iona McWilliam, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This was a terrifying and unprovoked attack and enquiries are under way to identify the three men responsible.
“It took place in the middle of the afternoon and we would urge anyone who witnessed the event, or who may know something that would help our investigation, to come forward immediately.”
Police are examining CCTV cameras from the surrounding area in the hope the suspects were caught on film.
The Great Junction Street area has been troubled by tearaway youths fighting and causing disorder in recent times.
In one incident last year, yobs were caught on camera trying to set fire to a pet shop by setting alight cardboard and trying to slide the flaming debris under the shop’s shutter.
Councillor Adam McVey, who represents the Leith ward, branded the incident an “unprovoked, mindless attack” and called for the have-a-go heroes to come forward.
“The community must make every attempt to help police identify those that committed this crime and ensure they face the consequences of their actions,” he said.
“It is also important that those who helped fend off these attackers come forward, not only as witnesses, but as people who showed great bravery to help someone in need.”
Officers have drawn up descriptions of the attackers, and appealed to anyone who can identify the youths to contact police.
The first suspect is described as white, aged between 16 and 18, of slim build, and wearing a grey hooded top and grey jogging bottoms.
The second man is also described as white, aged between 16 and 18, of slim build, wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms, and he was carrying a black drawstring sports bag at the time.
The third suspect is described as white, aged between 16 and 18, and of slim build, and he was wearing a black top with a white Adidas logo on side.