Edinburgh STABBING: Women severely injured in street attack – man arrested

Edinburgh STABBING: Women severely injured in street attack - man arrested

Hotel guests and night porter stabbed during random Grassmarket attack

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The incident took place at around 3.35am on Thursday, 8 November near to the Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel in the citys Grassmarket.

“As part of this investigation we are reviewing CCTV in the Grassmarket and are keen to hear from any members of the public who were in the area at the time and witnessed what happened, or who can help us trace the suspect.”

The suspect attacked two women, aged 58 and 60, leaving them with serious inuries to their bodies and face. Its believed they were guests at the hotel.

A 37-year-old hotel employee was then attacked as he came to the womens aid and as a result, sustained a laceration to his hand during a struggle with the suspect, who then made off from the area.

Inspector Grant Johnston said: “This appears to be an entirely random and unprovoked attack, which has left three people with some very serious injuries.

Police are treating the attack on the 60-year-old woman as attempted murder and those on the other woman and man as serious assaults.

All three victims were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Both women remain in hospital, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Inquiries are ongoing to identify the man responsible and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

He is described as a white man in his thirties, around 5ft 10ins tall with an average build and dark eyebrows. He was wearing a black beanie hat, dark jacket, black gloves, blue jeans and Nike trainers with a blue tick and white sole.

A 60-year-old woman suffered a number of injuries to her body, with the attack being treated as an attempted murder.

Detective Inspector Grant Johnston from Gayfield CID said: This appears to be an entirely random and unprovoked attack, which has left three people with some very serious injuries.

STV News understands a man, who worked at the hotel, came out to help the victims but then got slashed in the hand.

As part of this investigation we are reviewing CCTV in the Grassmarket and are keen to hear from any members of the public who were in the area at the time and witnessed what happened, or who can help us trace the suspect.

Emergency services were called to the Apex Hotel in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, shortly after 3.30am on Thursday.

In addition, should you have any other information relevant to this inquiry, then please also contact police immediately.

The other woman, 58, was also stabbed in the face and mouth, which is being treated as a serious assault.

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Two women, aged 60 and 58, were standing at the vennel next to the Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel when they were attacked by the thug in an unprovoked attack

Two women were standing at the vennel next to the Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel when they were approached by a man who engaged them in conversation before walking off towards Lothian Road.

A short time later the man returned and carried out the sickening assaults, leaving the women, aged 60 and 58, with serious injuries to their bodies and face.

A 37-year-old man then came to the women’s aid and suffered a laceration to his hand during a struggle with the suspect, who then made off from the area.

All three victims were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Both women remain in hospital, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

He was wearing a black beanie hat, dark jacket, black gloves, blue jeans and Nike trainers with a blue tick and white sole.

Detective Inspector Grant Johnston from Gayfield CID said: “This appears to be an entirely random and unprovoked attack, which has left three people with some very serious injuries.

“As part of this investigation we are reviewing CCTV in the Grassmarket and are keen to hear from any members of the public who were in the area at the time and witnessed what happened, or who can help us trace the suspect.

“In addition, should you have any other information relevant to this inquiry, then please also contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Gayfield CID via 101 and quote incident number 299 of the 8th November. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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