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Edinburgh new year sex attacker description issued

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

Police have issued an updated description of a man suspected of raping a woman in Edinburgh during new year celebrations.

The 21-year-old was attacked in the Canongate area of the Old Town between midnight and 02:30 on Wednesday.

Police Scotland said they had developed a "more consistent description" of the suspect through their ongoing inquiry.

He was white, in his late teens to early twenties, with a slim to medium build and wearing a fur head-band.

Police appealed for anyone who recognised the description to come forward.

Det Insp Bobby Deas said: "Through ongoing inquiries we have obtained a more consistent description of the suspect and detectives are now progressing with the investigation to trace this male.

"Anyone who believes they may can help identify him is asked to come forward.

"Similarly, we continue to urge those who remember seeing anything suspicious in or around the Canongate in the early hours of New Year's Day to get in touch."

Police initially said the man was of medium to heavy build with dark spiky hair and a gap between his front teeth.

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