Men hit with rocks in racist attack in Edinburgh

West Pilton Terrace, Drylaw The two 18-year-olds were attacked by a gang of youths in West Pilton Terrace, Drylaw

Two young men have been verbally abused, chased and hit with rocks during a racist attack in Edinburgh.

The two 18-year-olds, of Arabian and Pakistani ethnicity, were attacked by a gang of youths at about 21:00 on Monday in West Pilton Terrace, Drylaw.

One of the victims was injured as a result of the assault and their home was also damaged.

Police said they were following a positive line of inquiry but wanted witnesses to come forward.

Arm injury

The two victims were at the junction with West Granton Road when a group of male youths started shouting racial abuse at them and throwing rocks and stones in their direction.

The suspects then chased both victims to their home, before continuing to throw objects at the property, damaging a front window.

Insp David Happs, of Police Scotland, said: "As a result of being struck by rocks, one of the victims suffered an injury to his arm.

"In addition the property both men share was also damaged and we are undertaking a thorough inquiry to bring those responsible to justice.

"This incident is being treated as racially motivated and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in the West Pilton Terrace area on Monday evening and witnessed the disturbance or who saw anything suspicious.

"In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation is also asked to contact police immediately."

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