Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police revisit OAP attack scene in Edinburgh

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Image caption Officers have been speaking to drivers and members of the public about last week's attack

Police are revisiting the area in Edinburgh where an 85-year-old woman suffered a serious assault a week ago.

The woman received life-threatening injuries when she was attacked and possibly sexually assaulted in her home in Morningside on Friday 11 July.

She remains in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in a serious condition.

Officers, who are treating the attack as attempted murder, will return to the area between 14:30 and 16:30 to carry out further inquiries.

They will be stopping buses and motorists, speaking to members of the public and will carry out further door-to-door inquiries at businesses and homes.

As well as a dedicated inquiry team investigating the incident, officers have been carrying out high-visibility patrols in Morningside to offer reassurance to local people.

Image caption Police have been carrying out high-visibility patrols in Morningside since the woman was attacked

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie said: "This was a brutal assault on an elderly lady and we are treating it as attempted murder.

"We have been examining CCTV in the area and from the buses that pass through, and by revisiting the area we hope we can jog people's memory who may have noticed something suspicious around Morningside Grove last Friday. "

He added: "We are keen to trace a man who was seen standing near the locus around 15:30 on Friday afternoon.

"He is described as 18 to 30-years-old, average height and build, and with short dark hair."

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