Sex attack on woman at Gorgie bus stop

Police say the attack took place on New Year's Day. Picture: Julie Bull
Police say the attack took place on New Year's Day. Picture: Julie Bull
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POLICE are hunting a pervert who indecently assaulted a terrified woman at a Gorgie bus stop – the second Edinburgh sex attack to take place on New Year’s Day.

The victim was assaulted at around 3.20pm on Wednesday and police are now appealing for information from witnesses.

Police Scotland said the attack happened at a stop as dusk began to fall.

“We are investigating following reports of an indecent assault which happened at a bus stop in the Gorgie area at around 3.20pm on New Year’s Day,” a police spokesman said.

It came as details emerged over the “serious sexual assault” in the grounds of Canongate Kirk where a 21-year-old woman was attacked sometime between midnight and 2.30am on New Year’s Day.

Police have revealed the suspect was wearing a distinctive furry headband during the assault, thought to have taken place at the rear of the famous churchyard.

The attacker is also described as white, in his late teens or early 20s and with a noticeable gap in his front teeth.

Detective Inspector Bobby Deas, one of the investigators in the kirk manhunt, called for witnesses to come forward with further clues.

He said: “Through ongoing inquiries 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 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.”

Police cordoned off the kirkyard early on New Year’s Day while a team of forensics officers scoured the area.

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

It is understood Police Scotland are not linking the crimes.

Canongate Kirk is one of Scotland’s best-known places of worship, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Police believe the area would have been thronged with revellers at the time of the attack.

A spokesman said: “Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.”