Man stabbed in Dalkeith in suspected revenge attack in feud between rival drug gangs

A 35-year-old man was stabbed in Dalkeith in a suspected revenge attack in a feud between rival drug gangs.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 10:38 am
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 10:40 am
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The man was found seriously injured by a member of the public in Thorny Crook Gardens, shortly after 2pm on Wednesday, and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Police do not believe this is where the attack took place and have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the area and are examining local CCTV.

Detectives have been told the incident is linked to a stabbing in Wester Drylaw of a known organised crime gang member. When asked if the two incidents were being linked, a police spokesperson said: “Officers are keeping an open mind and lines of inquiry are being looked into.”

In relation to the Dalkeith attack, Detective Inspector Laura Dickson said: “We are in the process of piecing together the circumstances of what has happened.

“The man was helped by a member of the public in Thorny Crook Gardens, however, we don’t believe the attack took place there. I am appealing to members of the public to think back and consider if they saw anything which could assist our enquiries.

“I would also ask motorists with dash cams to check their images as they could have caught an image which could assist in our investigation. Any small piece of information could prove relevant in our enquiries so please do get in touch.”

Additional patrols will be in the area to provide reassurance to members of the public.

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1760 of 10 March, 2021. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where you can give your information anonymously.

It follows the stabbing of a 35-year-old man in his friend’s back garden in Wester Drylaw Drive on Tuesday at around 3.45pm.

Police confirmed the man was “seriously injured” and taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment for head, leg and arm injuries.

Officers have also been carrying out door-to-door enquiries and are checking CCTV footage in the surrounding areas in relation to this attack.

Detectives said the motive for the attack is unknown and they are working to establish exactly what happened and who is responsible and why.

An appeal was also made to the public - including motorists with dash cams - who may have been in the area around this time to get in touch with police.

Chief Inspector Sarah Taylor said: “I know there will be concerns around this incident and I would like to reassure local residents that we will have additional officers on patrol.

“It is imperative we trace whoever is responsible for this attack and we can do that with the support and cooperation of local people, so I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101 quoting incident number 1880 of 9 March 2021. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.