Police appeal after gang attack man in his own home

A MAN was rushed to hospital after being attacked by a group of six men who forced their way into his home in South Queensferry.

Monday, 6th June 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Monday, 6th June 2016, 5:07 pm
The incident happened on William Black Place. Picture: Google

Police said the attack happened at around 3.40pm on Sunday, when the group showed up at the property on William Black Place, where the man lives with his wife.

They suspects forced their way inside before attacking the man with at least one of them using a weapon before running outside and making off in a blue three-door Vauxhall Astra VXR and a large black vehicle.

Paramedics were called to the home and transferred the man to St John’s Hospital in Livingston where he received medical attention for injuries to his head and body before being discharged.

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Officers from the Violent Crime and Reduction Unit based in Corstorphine are now pursuing various lines of inquiry in an effort to trace those responsible and are today appealing for the assistance of the public to help identify them.

One suspect is described as white, between 5ft 8ins and 6ft tall, aged in his 30s or 40s, dark hair, balding, with stocky build, clean shaven, has an Edinburgh accent and wore a blue coloured hooded top.

A second male is said to be around 5ft 5ins tall, of average build, wearing a black buff or similar covering the lower part of his face, a black leather jacket, denim jeans and spoke with an Edinburgh accent.

The remaining suspects are said to be white, in their 30s, wearing motorbike style clothing with black buffs or similar partially covering their faces and all with Edinburgh accents.

Detective Constable Ross Nicol who is based at Corstorphine police station said: “This was a violent and unprovoked assault that left the victim with painful injuries that are fortunately not believed to be life-threatening.

“I’m satisfied this was an isolated incident and there is not thought to be any threat to other members of the community.

“Our enquiries are at an early stage however we understand the vehicles that the suspects used may have been in the area prior to the incident.

“I want to hear from anyone who saw these vehicles or who saw any suspicious behaviour.

“Those with information can contact police on 101 or alternatively information can be passed anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”