Sex attacker targets woman as she walks home

Police have issued a description of the attacker. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Police have issued a description of the attacker. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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Police are hunting an attacker after a woman was sexually assaulted as she walked home.

The 21-year-old was approached from behind and attacked around 10.30pm on Wednesday at the junction of Craiglockhart Road and Craiglockhart Quadrant.

A struggled ensued and the victim forced the man off, before he ran away onto Craiglockhart Road.

Detectives are now urging anyone who can assist with their ongoing inquiry to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall with a slim build. He was wearing a grey hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Chief Inspector Alwyn Bell said: “This was a terrifying incident for the young woman and thankfully she was able to fend her attacker off before she came to any serious harm.

“I would ask anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity within Craiglockhart Road or the wider Craiglockhart area on Wednesday night contacts police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or who has information that can help us locate him is asked to get in touch.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity

Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.