Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Boy attacked by gang of teenagers in Edinburgh street

Ferry Road Place, Edinburgh
Image caption The schoolboy was attacked by a gang in Edinburgh's Ferry Road Place

A schoolboy is recovering from serious injuries to his face and torso after he was attacked by a gang of seven teenagers in Edinburgh.

The 12-year-old was walking in Ferry Road Place on Monday at about 19:00 when he was approached by six or seven youths and assaulted.

The boy managed to make it to a local shop and was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The attackers are male, white and were wearing hooded tops.

Sgt David Happs, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This was an unprovoked assault on a young boy and a terrifying experience for him.

"Fortunately he was able to flee his attackers and sought assistance at a nearby shop.

"We are conducting various lines of local enquiries to identify those responsible and will have a high-visibility police presence in the area to offer reassurance to the local community.

"Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area on Monday evening is asked to contact police immediately."

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