Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Gang sought over 'cowardly' attack on teenagers

Silverknowes Road East Image copyright Google

A gang of 10 youths who robbed and attacked three young teenagers in Edinburgh are being sought by police.

The incident happened at about 20:30 on Thursday in Silverknowes Road East.

Three 14-year-old boys were cycling when they were approached by the gang.

One of the boys was pulled from his bike and repeatedly assaulted while on the ground sustaining minor injuries. His bike, which was a new Trek Marlin 7 mountain bike in black and red, was then stolen.

He was also robbed of his black and blue Adidas rucksack.

A second bike was stolen from another boys - a Revolution mountain bike in blue/grey metallic with black logos.

The attackers are thought to be between 14 and 16 years of age and were last seen heading in the direction of Davidson Mains.

Det Con Gavin Howat, of Police Scotland, said: "This was a cowardly attack which resulted in one of the boys being assaulted and two bicycles being stolen from the group.

"While none of the victims were seriously injured this was obviously a very distressing ordeal and we're pursuing various lines of enquiry to trace the suspects.

Anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in the area between these times is asked to get in touch as soon as possible."

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