Man beaten with hammer and stabbed in city street

Daniel Dixon was rushed to hospital after the attack in Niddrie
Daniel Dixon was rushed to hospital after the attack in Niddrie
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A MAN has been left with serious injuries after he was stabbed several times and hit with a hammer in a brutal street attack.

Daniel Dixon, 32, suffered a serious head injury when he was attacked with the weapons near to Niddrie House Park on Friday night.

He was left with multiple cuts and wounds, leading ambulance crews to rush him to the ERI just after 7.15pm.

It is understood that Mr Dixon is still in hospital following the incident.

Residents said the area had recently been “a mess” and told how there had been a rowdy party the night of the attack.

Parts of Niddrie House Park, leading on to Niddrie Marischal Drive, were cordoned off while police continued their investigations on Friday night.

One local resident said: “It’s a mess. I saw police crawling all over the place and the street was taped off. It’s not the first time we’ve had trouble in recent weeks. People don’t like to talk about it.”

Another added: “There was a rowdy party at a house near where the guy was stabbed on the same night. Some youths were having a party and I heard quite a bit of screaming. At around 4.30am police kicked the door down.”

Locals also reported “over 100 break-ins” in recent months. One said: “There have been a lot in the Niddrie and Craigmillar area. There seems to be a gang that is always hanging around, you see them on the street. Police said there had been over 100 break-ins in the last few months. The place needs to be sorted out.”

Police said investigations into the attack on Mr Dixon were ongoing and confirmed that no arrests had been made.

They confirmed that he had suffered a head injury and had sustained several other injuries.

Local SNP councillor Mike Bridgman appealed for anybody who had information about the attack to come forward. He said: “I’m very concerned that such an attack has taken place in broad daylight. I would hope anyone with information would help police.”

He added: “I do understand there has been a spate of break-ins in the area recently.

“I heard police had caught some people related to them. I hope they catch the culprits who carried out this attack.”