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Woman sexually assaulted in Leith Links

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Image caption Police officers taped off an area of Leith Links after a woman said she was assaulted there

An investigation has been launched following a report of a sex attack in an Edinburgh park.

Police officers taped off an area of Leith Links after a 28-year-old woman said she was assaulted there at about 01:00.

She said she was approached by a man who produced a knife before subjecting her to the attack.

The attacker is of Pakistani/South Asian appearance and was wearing a grey hooded top and black tracksuit bottoms.

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Local community

Det Insp Keith Fairbairn, of Police Scotland said: "This was a horrendous attack, which left the victim deeply distressed and she is now being supported by Police Scotland and other relevant partner agencies.

"The incident was carried out in a public area and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in or around Leith Links in the early hours of Thursday morning and saw anything suspicious.

"Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any further information that can help us trace the man responsible is also asked to contact police immediately."

Ch Insp Sara Buchanan, of Police Scotland, said: "We understand that this incident may have an impact on the local community and so high-visibility patrols are currently being deployed within the Leith Links to engage with members of the public and offer reassurance.

"In addition officers will be liaising with relevant partner agencies to assist anyone affected by this attack."

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