Man in hospital with head wound after attack near Museum

McAlpine struggled with police
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DETECTIVES probing an attack which left a man suffering serious head wounds near the National Museum are appealing for a witness who may have caught it on film.

Officers say a 21-year-old had to be taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment after the assault around 2am yesterday.

Medics there treated him for what was described as a “serious” injury to his head.

No further details about his condition were given.

But Police Scotland did reveal the attack on the corner of George IV Bridge and Chambers Street may have been caught on a mobile phone.

And they hope that might help them find a gang of four men they say could be connected to the investigation.

Detective Constable Iain Wallace of Gayfield CID said: “We’re currently working to establish the full circumstances surrounding this assault and are eager to trace anyone who may have witnessed this.

“We believe that a passer-by may have video footage or images of the attack on his mobile phone and would urge this person to get in touch with us as soon as possible to help with our enquiries.”

Those with information were asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0607 of 3rd December, or anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.