Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Serious sex attack on woman in Edinburgh

Canongate Kirk
Image caption The woman was attacked at the height of the New Year celebrations

A 21-year-old woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault in Edinburgh at the height of the New Year celebrations.

The incident happened in the Canongate area of the Old Town between midnight and 02:30.

Forensic teams have been carrying out a search of the Canongate Kirk grounds.

The suspect was described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, of medium to heavy build with dark spiky hair and a gap between his front teeth.

Busy area

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Det Insp Alyson Brown, of Police Scotland, said: "The Canongate would have been busy with members of the public out celebrating Hogmanay and we are particularly interested in speaking to revellers or locals who were in the area after midnight and remember seeing or hearing anything suspicious.

"I would urge anyone who recognises the description of the suspect to come forward immediately.

"Officers continue to provide a high-visibility presence within the Canongate to conduct further inquiry, engage with the public and offer reassurance to the public."

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