Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh police investigate private hire taxi assault

Police in Edinburgh have appealed for witnesses after an assault on a private hire taxi driver in the city centre.

The attack took place at about 02:45 on Saturday near St Andrew Square at its junction with George Street.

The driver was punched on the head after a man and a woman got into his silver Skoda Octavia estate and demanded to be taken to Cameron Toll.

The man was said to be of muscular build. His companion was wearing an orange and black strapless dress.

Both were white. The man was wearing a tight fitted T-shirt with a pink and green logo on the front.

Det Con Jim Philp, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "The victim suffered a serious facial injury as a result of this assault, and had to be taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

"We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who was close to the junction of St Andrews Square and George Street and saw the man and woman there, to contact police.

"Likewise, anyone who recognises their descriptions, or who has any other information that can assist our inquiries, should also get in touch."

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