POLICE are investigating after two gay men were assaulted and robbed in Edinburgh city centre on Friday night.

An eye-witness who alerted the police to the incident outside John Lewis, on Leith Street, said they saw a group of men kicking and spitting on a man on the ground.

They claimed the men stole a bag before leaving the scene and heading towards the nearby Omni Centre.

The Edinburgh Evening News reported that the two victims are understood to be a married couple.

“It was unprovoked entirely - the gay men did not fight back, they only tried to defend themselves,” the eye-witness, who filmed the incident, told the newspaper.

“The boys were laughing, egging each other on and calling the victims p**fs. Another girl (at the scene) heard them say p**fs explicitly.”

Police Scotland are looking into the hate crime element.

A police spokesperson said: "We received a report of an assault and robbery against two men on Leith Street, Edinburgh, around 9.20pm on Friday, 30 July.

"Both men - aged 33 and 30 - weren't seriously injured. Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting incident number 3636 of 30 July."