A gang left a man with a broken jaw after attacking him outside a pub in Edinburgh.
The 30-year-old was seriously assaulted in the city centre at around 11pm on Saturday night.
He was standing outside Joseph Pearce’s bar on Elm Row with a group of friends when they were approached by around ten men who struck up a conversation with them.
When an argument broke out, one of the men punched the victim, knocking him to the ground and causing serious facial injuries. He was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment for a broken jaw before being transferred to St John’s Hospital in Livingston, where he remains.
Police are now searching through CCTV footage in the area hoping to identify the group of men involved, who made off immediately after the assault.
The men are believed to have been aged between 18 and 20 years old and all wearing casual clothing, with one wearing a hooded top with three blue stripes on the sleeve.
The incident is not thought to have been related to the Scottish Cup final, which took place on Saturday between Edinburgh teams Hearts and Hibernian, but it is possible that the people involved were out drinking after the game.
A police spokesman said: "This seems to have been an unprovoked assault that has left a man requiring surgery in hospital, and we would appeal to anyone with information regarding this to come forward.
"We know there were a lot of people outside the pub when this happened, and a large group of men involved, so would ask anyone who hasn't yet spoken to police, to contact us."
Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or through the charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity, on 0800 555 111.
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