Police are on the hunt for two thugs who attacked a McDonald’s worker after she had finished work.
The incident took place just after 9am outside the News Shop convenience store in Reform Street.
It is understood the worker was kicked during the assault and sustained facial injuries, including a black eye.
It is also believed that the woman had finished her shift and gone across the road to a nearby newsagent.
Witnesses said they suspected Wednesday’s attack was in retaliation for an incident which took place inside the restaurant.
One shop owner, who did not want to be named, said he was “shocked” the incident had taken place.
He said: “This is now a run-down street and this kind of incident does nothing to help things.
“It is a shame that staff members are being targeted by people — it is absolutely shocking.”
He said he had been approached by police for any CCTV footage that might lead them to the culprits.
Officers were seen carrying out inquiries in Reform Street and have been approaching multiple businesses and reviewing CCTV footage.
A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed officers have launched a probe.
He said the victim was not seriously injured but was shaken by the incident.
He said: “Police are investigating an assault which happened in Reform Street around 9.20am on Wednesday.
“A woman was approached, verbally abused and assaulted by a man and a woman outside a newsagent shop.
“The persons responsible made a great deal of noise and commotion that would have attracted attention.
“We would ask anyone who saw the incident or has any other information to call 101 or speak with any police officer.”
A spokesman for McDonald’s confirmed they were assisting police.
He said: “The safety and security of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance to us.
“We are cooperating fully with the police investigation and take a zero tolerance approach when it comes to crime and anti-social behaviour in and around our restaurants.”