Police step up patrols after Leith sex attacks

Police have appealed for information after two women were indecently assaulted in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police have appealed for information after two women were indecently assaulted in the early hours of Monday morning.

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POLICE are stepping up patrols in Leith area as the hunt continues for a sex attacker who indecently assaulted two women within the space of an hour.

It was confirmed today that the force would have a “high visibility” presence following the attacks which both happened in the early hours of yesterday morning,

The suspect, a man with a German or Eastern European accent, pounced on victims aged 23 and 30.

The first attack took place at around 12.15am yesterday morning in Easter Road when a 30-year-old woman was putting a rubbish bag out. She was approached by the suspect, who grabbed her and followed her back to her flat.

The man ran off after the victim raised the alarm, and was lost to sight as he headed on to the cycle path behind Leith Academy.

At around 1am, a 23-year-old woman got off a bus on Henderson Street and walked towards Giles Street when the suspect approached her.

He grabbed her with both arms and indecently assaulted her. She managed to scream and he was disturbed by a

witness.

The suspect is described as white, 6ft tall, slim to medium build, 20 to 30 years old, with short blond hair, wearing a dark grey coloured jacket, possibly with a hood, and dark

jeans.

Detective Inspector Morag Bruce said: “Incidents like these are extremely rare, but the victims were left shaken and distressed.

“If anyone has any information or recognises the description of the suspect, they are urged to contact police

immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.