Two men attacked and robbed ‘victims of hate crime’

Police Scotland said the 'abhorrent' attack which took place on Friday in Edinburgh 'will not be tolerated'.

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Police are treating an incident in which two men were assaulted and robbed in Edinburgh as a hate crime. 

The two men were attacked on Friday evening around 9.20pm in the Leith Street area of the city. 

Police said the “abhorrent” attack “will not be tolerated”.

Detective inspector Mark McGraw said: “The investigation into an assault and robbery against two men on Leith Street, Edinburgh, on Friday, July 30 is ongoing and being treated as a hate crime.

“We understand hate crimes can have a huge impact on those targeted, and an attack on people because of their sexual orientation, gender, race or beliefs, is not only abhorrent but will not be tolerated. 

“Anyone who was in the Leith Street area of Edinburgh at around 9.20pm on Friday, July 30 and may have information that could assist with our enquiry is urged to contact Police Scotland, quoting reference number 3663 of July 30.”