Hallowe’en attacker hunted

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Police are hunting an attacker who was wearing a witch’s hat and a woman dressed as a princess after a man was assaulted during the Halloween festivities.

The male suspect shouted something at the man before punching him on the head in an unprovoked attack.

His companion was wearing a pink “princess-style” dress and was carrying her shoes.

Police hope that the “distinctive” dress of the woman, who was believed to be around 20 years old with long curly blonde hair, will help jog witnesses’ memories.

The attacker had a Scottish accent and was around 25 with short dark hair. He was around 5ft 8in to 6ft tall and wore a red hooded top and dark jeans.

The 24-year-old victim was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with head injuries and was later discharged.

The incident happened outside the Iceland on Easter Road, near the junction with London Road, at around 2.50 am this morning.

The couple then continued northwards on Easter Road before being lost from view.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacLean of Police Scotland said: “It appears that this was a random and unprovoked attack and we are carrying out various lines of inquiry in order to trace the male responsible.

“Given the distinctive dress worn by the woman who was with the male at the time, I would hope that someone remembers seeing or speaking with them at some point during the evening.

“I ask anyone with such information to contact police on 101 or, alternatively the registered charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”