Witnesses wanted after Edinburgh assault

By Robin Prince

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 22-year-old woman was assaulted in Edinburgh yesterday morning.

The attack took place between 1am and 1.30am as the victim was making her way home along Lothian Road.

The woman, believed to be a student was confronted entering the stairwell of her flat. A man grabbed hold of her waist from behind and assaulted her before making a run for it.

The man is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, 30 to 40-years-old with a bald or shaven head. He was wearing a black shiny bomber-type hip-length jacket and dark clothing.

A police spokesperson said: “This was a very serious incident which left the victim extremely distressed.

“Anyone who was in the Lothian Road area at the time and saw a person matching the description of the suspect should contact police immediately.

“It is believed that the woman screamed during the attack, and similarly anyone who heard a disturbance should also come forward.”

With the capital’s crime rates expected to increase over the holiday period as students and young professionals alike are celebrating late into the night, Lothian and Borders Police are encouraging party goers to think about their safety and report any incidents.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike McCormick said: “These [assaults] are some of the worst crimes we see in our society, and it is vital that we do everything we can to ensure that when victims come forward they are dealt with sensitively, and evidence is gathered quickly and professionally.

“Everyone likes to have a good time over the Christmas period but we all must make sure that we get ourselves and our friends home safely. He added: “It is unfortunate such assaults occur, but if we are vigilant and sensible we can limit the possibility of further incidents happening.”

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.