Dog walker punched, bitten on cheek by passer-by

Police are keen to trace three suspects who were in a 'distinctive' blue Peugeot 208. Picture: John Devlin

Police are keen to trace three suspects who were in a 'distinctive' blue Peugeot 208. Picture: John Devlin

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A man has been bitten on the cheek during an attack in the street in what has been described as a “serious attack” by police.

The 57-year-old was walking his dog on Edinburgh’s Easter Road when a man punched him in the face at about 11am yesterday near the Londis shop.

A struggle broke out between the two men, during which he was bitten.

A minibus driver helped the victim by driving him away from the area, police said.

Officers are now appealing for anybody who witnessed the incident to contact them.

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The attacker is described as white, 25 to 30 and between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 10ins with short, bright ginger hair.

He was wearing a grey zip-up hooded top with a Hibs crest on the left chest, black top underneath and dark trousers and trainers.

Constable Andrew McMath said: “This incident quickly escalated from a verbal altercation into quite a serious attack, which left the victim with a painful facial injury.

“I would urge anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in Easter Road on Thursday morning to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, if anyone can help us to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault, they should also get in touch.”

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