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Seven arrested in abuse crackdown in Edinburgh and West Lothian

Seven people have been arrested in a crackdown on domestic abuse and sexual crimes in Edinburgh and West Lothian.

A boy, aged 13, was among those caught following Operation Wolf. He has been referred to the Children's Reporter in connection with a sex attack.

The remainder of those arrested were charged with historic domestic abuse and sexual offences.

A Duddingston man, 44, was detained in connection with sex attacks on six people after reports to police in May.

And a 29-year-old man from Bathgate was arrested following a report last year of historic domestic violence and serious sexual assault.

The operation also saw a 40-year-old man from Bo'ness arrested and charged in connection with historic sexual offences.

Brought to justice

Two men aged 38 and 64 from Restalrig were charged in connection with historic sexual crimes against children and a 31-year-old man from Drylaw was charged with a number of domestic assaults.

Officers from the area's public protection and violence reduction units were involved in the operation's latest day of action.

Det Ch Insp Alwyn Bell, of Police Scotland, said: "As part of the ongoing Operation Wolf, various activity was carried out across Edinburgh and in West Lothian, and a number of men are now subject to legal proceedings for a range of crimes including rape, indecent assault and domestic violence.

"These arrests should send a clear message to our communities that regardless of when a crime takes place, we will investigate the matter thoroughly and anyone found to be responsible will be brought to justice.

"I would urge anyone who wishes to report a crime to come forward and rest assured that your report will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism."

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