Police appeal following Leith rape

Posted on 01/09/2014 by


Woman attacked as she walked to walk

PoliceTapePolice are appealing for witnesses following the rape of a young woman as she walked to work in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 20-year-old was attacked at the entrance to Swanfield Industrial Estate off Bonnington Road at around 4.30am.

The attacker is described as in his mid-to-late 20s, 5ft 7ins to 6ft tall with a slim build. He had a gaunt appearance with a pock-marked complexion, short blonde receding hair combed forward and an eastern European accent. He was wearing light-coloured jeans and a black long-sleeved jacket with a hood.

Police have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the area and have appealed for information.

Detective Chief Inspector Alwyn Bell, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a violent sexual assault on a young woman as she was walking to her work. Specially-trained officers are providing help and support to the victim.

“Such an attack is extremely rare and it is essential we catch this man as soon as possible and bring him to justice.

I am appealing to anyone who was in the area in the early hours of Saturday morning and who saw, or heard, anything unusual to contact us as soon as possible on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Additional officers will be on patrol in the area to help us in the investigation and to provide added visibility and reassurance to the local community.”