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Woman, 20, raped on her way to work in Leith

A 20-year-old woman has been raped while walking to work in Edinburgh.

The woman was attacked at about 04:30 on Saturday at the entrance to the Swanfield Industrial Estate, off Bonnington Road, Leith, by a white man, in his mid to late 20s.

The attacker was 5ft 7ins to 6ft tall, of slim build with a gaunt appearance, pock-marked complexion and short, blonde, receding hair combed forward.

He spoke with an eastern European accent.

He was wearing light jeans and a black, long-sleeved jacket with a hood.

Det Ch Insp Alwyn Bell, of Police Scotland, said: "This was a violent sexual assault on a young woman as she was walking to her work.

"Specially-trained officers are providing help and support to the victim. Such an attack is extremely rare and it is essential we catch this man as soon as possible and bring him to justice.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area in the early hours of Saturday morning and who saw, or heard, anything unusual to contact us as soon as possible.

"Additional officers will be on patrol in the area to help us in the investigation and to provide added visibility and reassurance to the local community."

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