Indecent assault on Edinburgh shopworker

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POLICE are investigating an indecent assault on an Edinburgh shopworker.

The attack is said to have happened around 11.30am last Thursday at the Lava store on Cockburn Street.

A 22-year-old woman was working inside alone when a man entered, and after spending a few minutes in the shop, he approached the woman from behind and touched her inappropriately before she challenged him and he made off down Cockburn Street and into Craig’s Close.

The victim reported the matter to police yesterday and officers are now appealing for witnesses.

The suspect is described as having a tanned complexion, 40-50-years-old, 6ft with an average build but with a beer belly and dark shaved hair. He was wearing a white shirt, dark trousers, smart black shoes and spoke with a Scottish accent.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The woman was not injured as a result of this incident, but was understandably shaken.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in or around Cockburn Street on Thursday morning and remembers seeing anything suspicious.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any other information relevant to this investigation is also asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.