A man is recovering in hospital after a ‘vicious’ homophobic attack in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The victim was walking with another man through the city centre when three men came up and started to verbally abused them.
One of the three then punched one man to the ground and two men then kicked him on the face.
As two passers-by approached the attack, they chased the three man as they ran off into Castle Terrace where they lost sight of them.
The victim was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.
Police are now appealing for information about the assault that happened at around 3.10 am on Saturday morning (22 February).
Neil McIntyre, the constable in charge of the investigation, described it as a ‘brutal, unprovoked and homophobic attack on an innocent member of the public’.
‘I am very keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, particularly the two men who came to the victim's aid,’ he said.
‘We have descriptions of two of the men who carried out this vicious assault. Both are white British men in their mid-20s, with one being 5ft6 inches and the other being 6ft tall. Anyone who witnessed this assault is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.’