Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Mayfield on Friday evening (October 30).
The victim, a 27-year-old man, was set upon by a group of youths near to the Scotmid Co-operative store on Mayfield Place between 5pm and 6:30pm.
A mixed group of men and women punched and kicked the man resulting in with him falling to the ground and sustaining significant cuts to his head. His attackers then made off on foot.
Paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service were called to the scene to provide medical care before transferring the injured party to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he was later discharged after treatment.
An extensive investigation is now underway in an effort to trace those responsible.
Detective Inspector Paul Batten of Police Scotland said: “This was an unprovoked and vicious assault that resulted in significant injury to a man who was only trying to enter a shop.
“Our enquiries are ongoing as we work towards tracing everyone involved in this senseless attack and the public can be assured that we take a zero tolerance approach to this type of criminal behaviour.
“Foot patrols have been deployed in the area as we work closely with the local community to identify the youths who had been hanging around the shops on Friday.
“At present we understand that one of the male attackers had been wearing a grey coloured tracksuit but I encourage anyone who has any relevant information whatsoever to contact police 101. Alternatively, if you want to pass information confidentially then you can do this by contacting the registered charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”