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Police back at scene of indecent assault by kilted man in Edinburgh

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Police investigating the indecent assault of a 19-year-old woman by a kilted man in Edinburgh are to revisit the scene of the attack.

The woman was grabbed and dragged into a garden area in Salisbury Place at about 03:00 BST last Sunday.

She managed to fight off the attacker, before he made off towards Minto Street in the south side of the city.

The man was described as white, in his early 30s, 6ft tall and of large build with dark hair.

He was wearing a red kilt, calf-high boots and a dark "Dropkick Murphys" hooded top with the band's name on the chest and their skeleton bagpiper emblem on the back.

Officers believe the man visited the Marchmont Takeaway on Marchmont Road some time between 19:00 and 21:00 on Saturday 1 October, before walking along Newington Road towards Salisbury Place.

Police will be conducting inquiries in Salisbury Place, the Cowgate and Grassmarket during the early hours of Sunday, a week after the attack.

'Distinctive toggles'

Officers also want to speak to seven people who were seen walking in front of the man along Clerk Street on to South Clerk Street at about 02:47 on 2 October, minutes before the attack.

The people were in three separate groups, with the first consisting of two men and a woman.

One of the men was wearing a dark-hooded top, dark jeans and had dark hair, while the other was wearing cream trousers, a dark-coloured coat with distinctive toggles and a light hood and glasses.

The woman was wearing a maroon hooded top with a light emblem on the chest and light-coloured jeans.

The second group was a man and woman, with the male wearing a T-shirt with the word "Club" on the chest, dark skinny jeans and light shoes.

The woman had shoulder-length blonde hair and was wearing a dark jacket, dark jeans and ankle boots.

'Tremendous response'

Two other women were also seen in the area, with one described as wearing a fake fur headband.

Det Insp Julie Marshall said: "So far the public response to our appeal has been tremendous and we've received a number of calls that have been really useful in helping us reach this stage of our investigation.

"However, we've yet to receive that one vital piece of information that helps us identify the suspect and I firmly believe that this answer lies within the community.

"I am confident that someone knows this male and is aware of them being out within the capital last Saturday evening while wearing this distinctive clothing."

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