New description issued of Canongate sex attacker

Forensics on the scene at Canongate Kirk. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Forensics on the scene at Canongate Kirk. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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POLICE have issued a new description of a man who seriously sexually assaulted a woman in the grounds of Canongate Kirk.

The 21-year-old victim was attacked as revellers nearby celebrated the new year, sometime between midnight and 2.30am on new year’s day.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Pic: file

Police are appealing for witnesses. Pic: file

Police said today the suspect was wearing a distinctive “furry head-band”.

He is described as white, late teens to early twenties with a slim to medium build.

Police yesterday cordoned off the historic kirkyard while a team of three white-suited forensics officers scoured the area.

A police tent was been mounted to the rear of the church and officers were seen photographing and recording footage of the crime scene.

Police are keen to speak to anyone in the area at that time.

Detective Inspector Bobby Deas said: “Through ongoing enquiries we have obtained a more consistent description of the suspect and detectives are now progressing with the investigation to trace this male.

“Anyone who believes they may can help identify him is asked to come forward.

“Similarly, we continue to urge those who remember seeing anything suspicious in or around the Canongate in the early hours of New Year’s Day to get in touch.”