A man was left with serious facial injuries after being attacked in Edinburgh’s Granton area in the early hours of Saturday.
The 30-year-old had begun speaking to two women on Great Junction Street before the group began walking westwards on Ferry Road together.
As they were walking along Boswall Loan towards Granton Crescent at around 3am the man was assaulted by two other men.
He was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he was treated for serious facial injuries.
The first suspect is described as white, 5ft 7-8 inches tall, around 20 years old, with a slim build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a dark-coloured t-shirt, red shorts and white trainers.
The second suspect is described as white, 5ft 9inches tall, around 20 years old, with a slim build. He had short dark spiky hair and was wearing a dark-coloured top, dark jeans or joggers, and white trainers.
The two women are described as white, around 5ft 4inches tall, 18-20 years old, with slim builds and local accents. One had elbow-length straight dark hair, and was wearing a light-coloured jumper, dark leggings or jeans, beige boots and carrying a large beige shoulder bag. She was possibly called Kat.
The other had dyed blonde shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a ¾ length grey jacket, black leggings and black boots.
Detective sergeant Clark Martin of Gayfield CID said: “We’re conducting numerous enquiries in the local area in order to trace the suspects, and would urge any witnesses to get in touch.
“We believe the two men were known to the two women, and would also ask anyone who recognises their descriptions to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.