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Chinese man seriously ill after Edinburgh 'hate crime'

Police collect evidence
Image caption The crime took place on West Pilton Park at the junction with West Pilton Grove.

An attack which left a Chinese man seriously injured in Edinburgh is being treated as a "hate crime", police said.

The 37-year-old restaurant worker suffered multiple injuries including stab wounds when he was assaulted by three men in the West Pilton area.

He is in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital. The man's silver Volkwagen Polo was stolen from outside a business premises before the assault.

The attack took place at about 21:35 on Wednesday in West Pilton Park.

Officers said it was at the junction with West Pilton Grove.

Image caption The victim is in a "serious" condition in hospital.

Vehicle theft

Police are trying to determine if the assault and the theft of the car are linked.

They have appealed for information from the public in relation to the theft of the vehicle in Ferry Road Drive at around 21:30.

Det Insp Gary Boyd, who is leading the inquiry, said: "Our inquiries are continuing within the local community and thanks to information gathered during the investigation we now know that the victim's car was stolen just prior to the attack taking place.

"What we do not yet know...is whether the same individuals responsible for the theft are also responsible for the assault and so we are keen to hear from anyone who can assist us with this line of enquiry.

"We are continuing to investigate this attack as a hate crime to ensure that all appropriate lines of investigation are followed and the information from the public is vital in bringing those responsible to justice.

"Anyone with information relating to the theft of a silver Volkswagen Polo from Ferry Road Drive at around 9.30pm on Wednesday evening, or the serious assault, which took place in West Pilton Park a few minutes later is urged to contact police immediately."

'Horrific assault'

Supt Liz McAinsh, of Police Scotland, described the assault as "horrific".

"Hate crime is completely unacceptable and Police Scotland will relentlessly pursue those responsible.

"I would like to reassure the public that we have devoted significant resources to this enquiry to identify and apprehend those responsible," she said.

The victim is recovering in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Anyone with information about the attack can contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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