Fresh appeal launched following indecent assault in South Edinburgh

Fresh appeal launched following indecent assault in South Edinburgh

Police in Edinburgh have launched a fresh appeal for information following an indecent assault over the weekend.

A 19-year-old woman was attacked in Salisbury Place as she was walking home at around 2.50 a.m. on Sunday 2nd October.

The victim fought the suspect off, who then made off towards Minto Street and inquiries to trace this male are continuing.

He is described as white, early thirties, 6ft tall with a large build and dark hair. He was wearing a red kilt, calf-high boots and a dark hooded top with numbers on the front.

Following information from the public, detectives have established that the male visited the Marchmont Takeaway on Marchmont Road sometime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday 1st October and anyone else who believes they may have information that can help identify him is urged to come forward.

It has also been confirmed that the male walked from the city centre southwards along Newington Road, towards Salisbury Place.

Detective Inspector Donnie MacLeod from the Public Protection Unit at Fettes said: “Since the attack took place we have been conducting various inquiries in and around Salisbury Place to trace witnesses and establish the movements of the suspect before and after the incident.

“We are now satisfied that he was within the Marchmont area on Saturday evening before carrying out the attack, during which time he walked towards Salisbury Place from the direction of the city centre.

“I would ask anyone who believes they may have seen this individual on Saturday night, or the early hours of Sunday morning, or who knows where we can find him should contact police immediately.

“In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation is also asked to get in touch.”

Police have also increased patrols within the area and will have a high-visibility presence in Salisbury Place to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather any information that may be of use to the investigation.

Inspector Graeme Nisbet from St Leonard’s Police Station said: “I would like to stress that incidents such as this are extremely rare, not only in the Southside, but across Edinburgh.

“Nevertheless, we recognise the impact this has had not only on the victim, but the local community and we have increased our visibility in the area through dedicated and high-visibility patrols.

“If you have information in relation to this indecent assault then please speak to these officers or call us on 101.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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