Police are appealing for witnesses following a hate crime in Bonnyrigg.
The incident took place at around 12.30pm on Friday, February 5.
A 19-year-old man was walking along the railway path adjacent to Dundas Gardens.
As he reached the old platform and walked past three men, he was subjected to homophobic abuse.
The first suspect is described as white, aged 16-17, 5ft 9in tall with a medium build. He was wearing a blue cotton tracksuit with the hood up. The second suspect is described as white, 16-17, 5ft 9in tall with a medium build.
The third suspect is described as white, aged 16-17, 5ft 9in tall with a medium build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a red sweatshirt.
The suspects were last seen in heading the direction of Durham Bank.
Sergeant Michele Lindsay said: “Nobody should be targeted or made to feel unsafe because of who they are, or who they are perceived to be.
“I would ask anyone who recognises the descriptions of the suspects, who may have seen them in the area at this time, or has any other information which can help with our investigation to come forward.
“Tackling hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland and I would urge anyone who has been a victim or witness of this to speak to a local officer, contact Police Scotland on 101 or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Crimes can be reported online or by visiting a third party reporting site, details of which can be found at scotland.police.uk/contact-us/hate-crime-and-third-party-reporting.