Sikh boy says he invented race attack

A 15-year-old Sikh boy who claimed he had his hair cut off by racist thugs in Edinburgh's Pilrig Park now says he made the attack up. The teenager says he had in fact punched himself in the face and cut off his own hair. He is believed to have had personal problems and was also having cultural identity issues brought about by differences between his Sikh upbringing and Western society.

A police spokeswoman said: "The boy has expressed deep regret for what he has done."