Man, 38, charged with double attempted murder following Grassmarket knife attack

The incident took place outside the Apex hotel in the Grassmarket
The incident took place outside the Apex hotel in the Grassmarket

A 38-year-old man has been charged with double attempted murder and a serious assault in connection with a knife attack in Edinburgh today.

Two women, aged 58 and 60, were attacked outside the Apex City Hotel in the city's Grassmarket area at around 3.35am this morning.

A 37-year-old hotel night porter was then attacked as he came to the women’s aid.

A statement released by police on social media in the last half hour reads: "Police Scotland has arrested a man after two women were attacked in the Grassmarket earlier today.

"The 38-year-old has been charged with two attempted murders and a serious assault.

"He's expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 9 November 2018."