A MAN was hit over the head with a glass bottle in an "unprovoked attack" as he was on his way home.

The incident happened at about 9.45pm on Sunday on Newbigging, Musselburgh.

A 37-year-old man left a licensed premises on High Street and was heading home when he was confronted by three men.

At this time, the victim was struck to the head with a glass bottle, which caused him to fall to the ground.

The suspects then made off from the area before a member of the public came to the man's aid and contacted emergency services.

He was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment before later being released.

Police are now asking anyone who can help identify the men responsible to come forward.

One of the men was wearing light grey jogging bottoms and a darker hooded top, another was wearing all dark clothing and the third was wearing light grey jogging bottoms, a lighter coloured hooded top and a body warmer.

All three were riding bicycles.

Detective Constable Kenny McKenzie from Lothian and Scottish Borders CID said: "This appears to have been an unprovoked attack which left the victim with a painful injury to his head.

"We would request that members of the public who were in the Newbigging area during Sunday evening and witnessed this attack, or saw anything suspicious, contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone who can help us trace the suspects should also get in touch."

Contact Lothians and Scottish Borders CID via 101 with information and quote incident number 3636 of January 13. Alternatively an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.