Police are appealing for further witnesses following the attempted murder of two Aberdeen men in Edinburgh.
Peter Stewart, 43, and his brother James, 45 travelled to Edinburgh to buy a car they saw advertised on Gumtree, however, the pair, who were carrying £6,000 to buy the vehicle were savagely attacked by two men in a common close of a tenement in the Pilton area of the capital.
The attack happened in a common stairwell on Wardieburn Street West around 6.10pm and police are hoping members of the public will be able to assist them in their investigation.
A police statement says: “The two suspects departed the scene, possibly via the large grass area at the rear of the block.
“The first suspect is described as a white man, aged 17-19 years. He has a central Scotland accent and light-coloured short hair, which is shaved at the sides.
“He was wearing a light-coloured sky blue hooded sweatshirt and grey jogging bottoms.
“The second suspect is a white man in his mid-twenties. He has a stocky build and was wearing a striped top.
“Both victims were conveyed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the 45-year-old was discharged from hospital yesterday. The 43-year-old man is now considered stable.”
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Houston added: “We’d like to thank the public for their assistance and patience so far and I would urge anyone who may have further information which can help with our enquiries to come forward.
“We’re currently pursuing various lines of enquiry to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and I would like to reassure the public that there will be an increase in high visibility patrols in the local area over the coming days.”
Those with information are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.