The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Ap­peal for wit­nesses after man at­tacked

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate El­gin as­sault

- BY DAVID MACKAY Crime · Incidents

A man has been taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries to his face fol­low­ing an at­tack in a Mo­ray town cen­tre.

The 56-year-old was as­saulted by a group on El­gin High Street at about 2am yes­ter­day.

The man was taken to Dr Gray’s Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment after suf­fer­ing sev­eral cuts and bruises to his face.

Po­lice re­mained at the scene un­til after 10am with lanes sealed off near Dicey’s bar while of­fi­cers gath­ered ev­i­dence.

It is un­der­stood the vic­tim was dis­tracted before be­ing hit with an ob­ject that caused him to fall to the ground and lose con­scious­ness.

At­tempts are now be­ing made to trace

“We be­lieve there may have been a group of men in their 20s in­volved in the as­sault”

a woman who po­lice be­lieve may have wit­nessed the at­tack while any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent has been en­cour­aged to come for­ward.

Sergeant Phil Wu said: “From our in­quiries so far, we be­lieve that there may have been a group of men in their 20s in­volved in the as­sault.

“A num­ber of peo­ple would have been in the area at the time and we are par­tic­u­larly keen on speak­ing to a woman wear­ing a red dress or jump­suit who may have wit­nessed this as­sault.”

The 56-year-old man who was at­tacked was re­leased from Dr Gray’s Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing treat­ment later yes­ter­day morning.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact po­lice by call­ing 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 to re­main anony­mous.

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