Police link two sex attacks in Leith area of Edinburgh

Police are linking two indecent assaults which took place in the Leith area of Edinburgh.

The first attack happened on Easter Road at about 00:15 when a 30-year-old woman was putting a rubbish bag on to the street.

She was approached by the suspect, who grabbed her and followed her back to her flat.

The second incident happened at about 01:00 on Henderson Street after a 23-year-old woman got off a bus.

Police said that as she walked towards Giles Street, the suspect approached her, grabbed her with both arms and indecently assaulted her.

She managed to scream for help and the man was disturbed by a witness in a neighbouring property.

Victims shaken

The suspect was described as being white, 6ft tall, of slim to medium build, 20 to 30 years old, with short blond hair.

He was wearing a dark grey jacket, possibly with a hood, dark jeans and had a German or Eastern European accent.

Following the first attack, he ran off after the victim raised the alarm and was seen heading on to the cycle path behind Leith Academy.

Det Insp Morag Bruce said: "Incidents like these are extremely rare, but the victims were left shaken and distressed.

"If anyone has any information or recognises the description of the suspect, they are urged to contact police immediately."

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