Police find 'no crime' following reported sex attack on 19-year-old near Midlothian golf club

Police have established that “no crime has taken place” following a reported sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman near a golf club in Midlothian.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 3:41 pm

A previous police appeal to the public said a woman had been walking on a path through a wooded area near Newbattle Golf Club, Dalkeith, on Sunday when she was attacked by a man.

But a statement released from Police Scotland on Thursday afternoon confirmed that enquiries had been carried out and “it had been established that no crime took place.”

Detective Inspector Susan Balfour, of CID at Dalkeith Police Station, said: “I would like to thank members of the public for their assistance with our enquiries. We are continuing to engage with the complainer to ensure that, where required, she has appropriate support.”

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Police had previously appealed to the public for information following a reported sexual assault in a wooded area south east of Newbattle Golf Club on Sunday. Pic: Google

Chief Inspector Arron Clinkscales, area commander for Midlothian, said: "I also want to thank the local community and key partners for their support and assistance during this investigation. I am aware that this incident has caused considerable concern, however I wish to reassure the public that following extensive enquiry it has been established that no crime has taken place."

The path concerned in the initial public appeal was near where the body of murdered Jodi Jones was discovered in 2003. The case was recently reexamined by two former detectives in a controversial Channel 5 documentary.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.