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Man sought over homophobic attack in Edinburgh

Piccardy Place, Edinburgh
Image caption The incident happened at 00:20 on Saturday in Piccardy Place

A man who seriously assaulted two revellers on a night out in Edinburgh after making an homophobic remark is being sought by police.

The incident happened at 00:20 on Saturday in Piccardy Place.

A 26-year-old had just left the Planet Out venue and passed the Tesco store when he turned and saw that his 27-year-old friend was on the ground.

After going to help him, he was punched in the face by a man, who made a homophobic remark.

The police believe both revellers were attacked by the man.

The attacker then walked off with a woman and headed towards Leith Walk.

Fife accent

Officers said they were treating it as a hate crime and appealed for witnesses.

The attacker is white, 20-25-years-old, 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build and long ear-length blond hair.

He was wearing a dark blue top, light jeans and possibly spoke with a Fife accent.

Det Sgt Andy MacMillan, of Police Scotland, said: "This has been a random and unprovoked attack, which left one of the victims with a painful injury to his eye that required medical attention.

"Given the comments heard by the other victim, we are treating this as a homophobic assault and would urge anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in Piccardy Place in the early hours of Saturday morning to contact police immediately.

"Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any other information relevant to this investigation, is also asked to come forward."

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