Police are appealing for witnesses after three men were assaulted in the Colinton area of the city on Tuesday, 26 July.
An 85-year-old man was walking along Redford Road near Colinton Bowling Club when he was approached by two males and a female from the opposite direction riding bicycles on the pavement.
An argument began when the 85-year-old stated that they should not be riding their bikes on the footpath.
A 68-year-old male who was standing at a bus stop on the opposite side of the road crossed to assist the 85-year-old.
The unknown female began shouting at the 68-year-old before punching him in the face in an unprovoked attack. He was then kicked while on the ground by one of the males.
During the confrontation, the 85-year-old was pushed to the ground by a third attacker.
A 65-year-old, who saw the incident when walking by attempted to intervene but was aso pushed to the ground.
The three suspects then fled the scene on their bikes along Redford Road.
None of the men were seriously injured however one was taken to hospital for assessment but has since been discharged.
Police are appealing for anyone who could identify the suspects to come forward.
One of the attackers was described as white, in his 20’s with a slim build and a goatee beard. He was wearing a light coloured top and blue jeans.
The female was described as white, in her 20’s, has light coloured wavy hair and wearing a light coloured top and blue patterned trousers.
Chief Inspector Helen Harrison of Wester Hailes police station said: “This was a despicable attack carried out for absolutely no reason whatsoever and I can reassure the victims as well as the wider public that we will do everything in our power to trace and arrest these individuals.
“Such behavior is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“An extensive investigation is now underway including door-to-door enquiries and there will be an increased police presence in the area for the foreseeable future.
“Today, I am eager to hear from anyone who recognises the descriptions of the attackers or who was in the area of Redford Road on Tuesday evening and who saw these suspects.”
Anyone who can help with the ongoing investigation is asked to contact police on 101. Alternatively, a report can be made anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.