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Public praised for response to Edinburgh rape appeal

Police at rape scene
Image caption Police have thanked the local community for their assistance

Police investigating the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Edinburgh have praised the public response to their appeal for information.

A dog walker who police believe may have passed the attacker and his victim has now contacted the force.

The teenager was walking her dog in the Crewe Toll area of the city on Wednesday night when she was pulled off a footpath and sexually assaulted.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Lothian and Borders Police.

Det Insp Grant Dougall, who is leading the investigation, said: "I am delighted that, as a result of our appeal, the man who was walking his dog in the area has been in touch and we are now carrying out various lines of enquiry to trace the individual responsible for this attack.

"We will continue to engage with the public and have high-visibility patrols deployed throughout the area to speak with and reassure the public as to any concerns they may have.

"I would again stress that crimes of this nature remain extremely rare, but it is imperative that when they occur we work closely with our communities to bring those responsible to justice."

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