Plea for help to track down sex attacker

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POLICE today issued a fresh appeal for potential witnesses to a serious sexual assault on a teenage girl to come forward.

The 16-year-old victim was waiting at a bus stop in Broomhouse Road when she was grabbed from behind by a man who dragged her behind a changing pavilion on the edge of Sighthill Park.

Detectives hunting the attacker, who struck at around 9.10pm on Monday, believe that dog walkers who frequent the park, or other pedestrians who were in the area, may hold key evidence.

It was earlier reported that police hoped to test DNA from a forensic sample recovered from the suspect, but samples have only been recovered from the victim and the crime scene itself.

A police spokeswoman said: “Inquiries are ongoing, but police continue to appeal to dog walkers, or anyone else who may have been in the area on Monday night to get in touch.”

The suspect is described as being white, of skinny build, in his early 30s, and wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans.

He was also carrying a white carrier bag with red beer cans in it.