Teenager assaulted while walking her dog on Edinburgh footpath

The young girl has been left shaken by the incident.

By Katharine Hay
Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 1:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 1:21 pm

A 16-year-old girl was approached by a man who attempted to grab her clothes while she was out walking her dog.

The young girl’s dog barked which startled the stranger causing him to run off, but she was left shaken by the incident.

The assault happened on a footpath just off Connaught Place in the city at about 9.30pm on Monday, 31 August.

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The assault happened near Connaught Place in Edinburgh

Officers are asking any witnesses to the incident to come forward with information that might help them trace the culprit.

The person is believed to be male and of average build and he was wearing a dark coloured puffa jacket at the time of the attack.

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Detective Inspector Paul Greig of Edinburgh CID said: "The girl was not injured but was understandably shaken by the incident.

"We are carrying extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances and people may notice an ongoing police presence in the area.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around Connaught Place who may have seen anything suspicious or out of the ordinary to come forward and pass this information to police.

"I would also ask anyone who may have private CCTV or dashcam footage to review this and pass anything of note to us.

"Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting incident 3752 of 31 August, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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