A man has been seriously injured in an attack by a balaclava-wearing trio armed with a blade.
The 48-year-old is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after the incident at around 5.30pm on Wednesday at a property in Pitcairn Grove, Edinburgh.
A 43-year-old woman in the property – who was uninjured – heard a disturbance in the hallway and was met by three men who had entered armed with a bladed weapon.
The trio attacked the man, leaving him with serious head and arm injuries, and a 22-year-old man who intervened.
The younger victim received a cut to his hand and was also taken to hospital but was later released following treatment.
Police say the attackers arrived at the property in a black Audi A5 with a false registration plate, YN63 MKD. The vehicle was later found on fire at Harperrig Way nearby.
The men are then believed to have left the area in a second vehicle – described as a silver hatchback car which could be a Ford Focus.
Detective Inspector Bruce Coutts said: “The 48-year-old man has suffered serious injuries as a result of this incident and was subjected to a sustained attack with a weapon.
“We believe the three men involved were all wearing black clothing and balaclavas covering their faces and used two vehicles during the course of the incident.
“I’m especially eager to hear from anyone who may have seen either the Audi A5 in the area of Pitcairn Grove immediately prior to or after the incident, or who saw the suspects leave the Oxgangs area in the silver car after abandoning the Audi in Harperrig Way.
“I’d also urge anyone who can help us identify those involved to come forward as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 and quote incident number 3117 of March 13, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.