Cyclists pushed into Union Canal by gang of youths

Police are hunting a group of youths who pushed three cyclists into a canal in Edinburgh.

The men were targeted in separate incidents as they cycled along the Union Canal between 5pm and 9.15pm on Wednesday.

They were confronted by a group of youths on the path near Murrayburn and Wester Hailes and were pushed into the water.

The three cyclists all managed to get out of the canal themselves but suffered minor injuries.

Police said investigations are under way to trace the youths and urged anyone with information to contact them.

Sergeant Alex Dickson from the south-west community policing team, said: “The youths may have thought this was a bit of fun but it could have resulted in serious injury or worse and we are treating these incidents very seriously.

“In response, we are going to deploy high-visibility patrols in the area to engage with cyclists and members of the public and deter any further incidents.

“If you witnessed anything suspicious on the Union Canal cycle path on Wednesday evening, or if you believe you can provide us with a description of the suspects, then please contact police immediately.

“In addition, we are also eager to hear from anyone else with any other information relevant to this investigation.”

Anyone with information can contact Wester Hailes Police Station via 101 and quote incident numbers 3223, 3469 or 4077 of March 27 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.