Man attacked by gang of six in South Queensferry home

Police are hunting up to six men who launched a "violent and unprovoked" assault on another man in his South Queensferry home.

Detectives said at least one of the men had a weapon and the householder suffered "painful injuries" in the attack on Sunday afternoon.

They forced their way into the house in William Black Place at around 15:40, after their victim answered the door.

The men escaped in a blue Vauxhall Astra VXR and a large black vehicle.

Their victim was treated for injuries to his head and body at St John's Hospital in Livingston before he was discharged.

Police Scotland said officers from the violent crime reduction unit were pursuing various lines on inquiry.

They issued detailed descriptions of two suspects:

  • The first suspect is described as white, between 5ft 8in and 6ft tall, and aged in his 30s or 40s. He had dark hair, balding, and he was of stocky build. He was clean shaven and he had an Edinburgh accent. He wore a blue-coloured hooded top.
  • The second male is said to be around 5ft 5in tall, and of average build. He was wearing a black buff or similar covering the lower part of his face, a black leather jacket, denim jeans and he spoke with an Edinburgh accent.
  • The remaining suspects are said to be white, in their 30s, and wearing motorbike-style clothing with black buffs or similar partially covering their faces. They all had Edinburgh accents.

DC Ross Nicol said: "This was a violent and unprovoked assault that left the victim with painful injuries that are fortunately not believed to be life-threatening.

"I'm satisfied this was an isolated incident and there is not thought to be any threat to other members of the community.

"Our inquiries are at an early stage, however we understand the vehicles that the suspects used may have been in the area prior to the incident.

"I want to hear from anyone who saw these vehicles or who saw any suspicious behaviour."

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