A section of the Canongate was closed off as a crime scene this morning following an incident in a flat there resulting in a 53 year-old man being stabbed.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said:- “Police in Edinburgh are investigatin a serious assault on a 53 year-old man. The incident happened around 7.10am today  at an address in the Canongate.”

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“The victim has been taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he is in a serious condition.

“Enquiries are ongoing into this attack and anyone who can assist officers with their investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police on the non emergency 101 number or call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.