Crimewatch appeal: Police have sex attacker DNA profile

Police at the scene of the attack.

Police at the scene of the attack.

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DETECTIVES investigating a sex attacker who targeted a teenager in Balerno have revealed they have the man’s DNA.

In August, a 19-year-old woman had been walking home on Newmills Road, Balerno, when she was attacked from behind, threatened and dragged into a nearby field.

Police will reveal on the BBC Crimewatch show on Monday that they have a full DNA profile for the attacker.

Detective Inspector Grant Johnston said: “We’re hopeful the Crimewatch appeal will help jog people’s memories and result in a vital piece of information.

“Anyone who believes they have information come forward immediately.”

The woman was subjected to a “distressing” serious sexual assault in a wooded area in the early hours of the morning before her attacker fled the scene.

The incident was the second sex attack to take place in Capital in the space of 24 hours.

Detectives revealed they believed the incident could be linked with a case in Craiglockhart Road earlier that month.

Officers are looking to trace the occupants of a light coloured five-door saloon car, spotted near the scene around the time of the attack.

The woman was assaulted at around 12.30am on Thursday, August 27. The suspect is white with a slim build, around 6ft tall and possibly has long hair. He was wearing a grey hoodie and dark jeans and may have an 
Edinburgh or English accent.

Police are looking to trace possible witnesses and the occupants of the saloon car seen a short time before the incident near the railway line further down Newmills Road towards Gowanhill Farm Road.