Police issue description of sex attacker after New Town assault

The victim was grabbed from behind in St Vincent Street
The victim was grabbed from behind in St Vincent Street
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Police have issued a description of the suspect they wish to trace following a sexually motivated assault in Edinburgh.

A 23-year-old woman was walking home along St Vincent Street at around 2.40am on Sunday morning when she was grabbed from behind and forced to the ground.

During the struggle with her attacker, the victim screamed loudly before the male made off towards Stockbridge.

The woman was then assisted by two members of the public and made her way home before contacting police.

Officers can now confirm the description of the man believed to be responsible for this incident and anyone who can assist in identifying him is asked to come forward.

He is described as white, between 25 and 30-years-old, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall with a skinny build. He was wearing a navy-coloured hooded top with the hood up and jeans.

Chief Inspector Gavin Phillip said: “Following further enquiries with the victim, we have been able to establish a description of her attacker and are now keen to hear from anyone who believes they saw this man in the area.

“The young woman’s screams would have been easily heard by local residents or other members of their public making their way home at the time and there is a strong possibility that someone may have witnessed the male running off or loitering nearby prior to the assault.

“Anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any other information that can assist police with their investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.