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Man abducted from Edinburgh street by gang

Royston Mains Crescent
Image caption The man was abducted in Royston Mains Crescent in a car which drove towards Crewe Road North

Three men who assaulted, robbed and then abducted a man in Edinburgh are being sought by police.

The incident happened at about 17:30 on Tuesday in Royston Mains Crescent.

A 45-year-old Chinese man was entering a stairwell in the street when three men approached and began assaulting him.

They then brandished a knife and stole belongings from his pockets before forcing him into a black car, which drove off towards Crew Road North.

The car stopped at a walkway, which runs between the Morrisons supermarket and the Ainslie Park Leisure Centre, and the man was taken from the car where he tried to get help from passing cyclists.

He was then dragged back into the car and was taken back to Royston Mains Crescent.

The abductors then all made off.

Terrifying ordeal

Police officers are now urging witnesses to come forward.

All three men are described as white, in their 20s, of average height and had scarves covering their faces.

Det Sgt Andy Macmillan, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "While the victim was not seriously injured, this was a terrifying ordeal for him to endure and he was left understandably distressed.

"Police are carrying out local enquiries to see if anyone remembers seeing anything suspicious in the area, or can help us identify the men responsible.

"We are particularly keen to speak to the cyclists who rode past the man after he exited the car. These individuals are asked to contact police immediately.

"Similarly, anyone with other information relevant to this investigation is also asked to come forward."

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