Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault which took place around 10.10pm on Tuesday 30th April within a flat in Duddingston Row.

A 45-year-old man was within the property when two men forced entry and struck him to the ankle with an axe.

The victim sustained a serious injury and was conveyed to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he received treatment before later being released.

Inquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible and anyone with information is asked to come forward. It is believed they made off from the area in a dark red SUV-type car.

The suspects are described only as being dressed all in black and wearing balaclavas to obscure their faces.

Detective Inspector Graham Grant from Gayfield CID said: “This has been a very serious attack that has left the occupant of the flat with a painful injury to his ankle.

“As part of this investigation we are eager to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around Duddingston Row on Tuesday evening, particularly if you can help us establish any further details re the vehicle involved and its direction of travel after the incident.

“Similarly, if you have any other relevant information, or if your car was parked in the area and may have dash-cam footage that can assist our inquiries, then please also get in touch.”

Those with information can contact Gayfield CID via 101 and quote incident number 4468 of the 30th April. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.