Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man tries to abduct teenage girl in Edinburgh

A man who attempted to abduct a teenage girl in Edinburgh is being sought by police.

The 17-year-old was approached by a hooded man wearing goggles in the Pillars area of Gilmerton at about 20:30 on Monday.

He grabbed her and tried to drag her into a secluded area beside Morrisons supermarket but she managed to escape and raise the alarm.

He is described as white, in his 40s, 5ft 10ins tall with a stocky build.

He was wearing a black hooded top with goggles sewn into the hood, black trousers and one black woolly glove on his left hand. He spoke with a gruff local accent.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "The young woman was terrified by this ordeal and was understandably shaken and distressed as a result.

"Fortunately she was able to flee her attacker and did not suffer any injuries.

"However, we are treating this extremely seriously and would urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police immediately."

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