Grassmarket hotel knife attack: What we know so far

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A hotel in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh has been sealed off by police after three people were stabbed during the early hours of Thursday morning.

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The hotel has been cordoned off by police. Picture: Neil Hanna

The hotel has been cordoned off by police. Picture: Neil Hanna

Here’s what we know so far

- Three people are in hospital after being stabbed in a “random and unprovoked” attack in the city’s Grassmarket area.

- The incident took place at around 3.35am on Thursday outside the Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel.

- A 58-year-old woman sustained serious injuries to her face and mouth and 60-year-old woman was left with injuries to her body.

Police have sealed off the hotel. Picture: TSPL

Police have sealed off the hotel. Picture: TSPL

- A 37-year-old man who came to the women’s aid sustained an injury to his hand during a struggle with the suspect.

- Both women were guests at the hotel and the man who intervened is the hotel night porter

- The entire attack was over in less than a minute

- Police are hunting the suspect who made off on foot following the attack.

- The suspect is believed to be in his thirties and is described as 5ft10 with average build and dark eyebrows. He was wearing a black beanie hat, dark jacket, black gloves, blue jeans and Nike trainers.

- Police described the attempted murder and serious assaults as an “entirely random and unprovoked” attack.

- A spokesperson for Apex Hotels say they are “cooperating fully with the police”.

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