Double sex attack Good Samaritan appeal

image captionPolice have asked the public for help in tracing the attacker

Police investigating sex attacks against two women in Edinburgh have appealed for a van driver, who helped one of the victims, to come forward.

The women, both aged 24, were attacked by the same man within 15 minutes of each other.

The first attack took place at about midnight on Monday in the city's Easter Road. The second assault happened in nearby Albert Street.

Officers want to trace a white van driver who helped the second victim.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "We know that a man driving a white van helped the second victim soon after she was attacked and we would urge him to come forward to help with our inquiries.

"These assaults took place over a bank holiday weekend and we believe there may have been a number of patrons within the Utopia bar who may have seen the suspect and can assist us in identifying him.

"We are also eager to speak to anyone with information that has yet to come forward and would ask they contact police immediately."

Inappropriate comments

The attacker was described as being aged between 18 to 25 years old, of slim build, with blue eyes.

He was wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeved top.

Police said the first woman was walking north on Easter Road, when the man approached her and spoke inappropriately to her.

When she tried to walk away the man grabbed her and indecently assaulted her, before her screams forced him to flee down Bothwell Street.

The second woman was walking along Easter Road and had turned into Albert Street when she became aware of a man behind her.

The man grabbed the woman from behind and a struggle ensued after inappropriate comments were made.

The woman was punched before the suspect made off towards Easter Road.

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