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Meadows rape case police stop passers-by

Police stopping motorists at scene
Image caption Officers stopped motorists and questioned passers-by a week on from the attack

Police have been stopping passers-by in the Meadows area of Edinburgh, exactly a week after a 19-year-old woman was raped there.

Officers were in the area from 06:15 and handed out e-fit pictures of a man they want to trace in connection with the crime.

A large picture of the man was also displayed on police vehicles.

The 19-year-old victim had been out in the Cowgate and was returning home when she was attacked near Jawbone Walk.

Police said she was on Middle Meadow Walk between 06:50 and 07:10 when she was knocked to the ground and subjected to a "horrific" attack.

Detectives now believe the man ran off in a southerly direction towards the Edinburgh Sick Children's Hospital, and the streets beyond in the Sciennes area.

Image caption An e-fit of a man detectives are keen to trace was displayed on police vehicles in the area

He was described as being between 20 and 30, 5ft 4in to 5ft 9in in height and of medium build. He was wearing a black beanie hat, black zip-up tracksuit top and dark trousers.

Det Ch Insp Alwyn Bell, who is leading the investigation, told BBC Scotland there would have been a lot of people in the area at the time including dog walkers, joggers and shift workers.

"This morning's activities have been an attempt to identify further witnesses and jog people's memories of the man we are trying to trace," he said.

"We have established that there have been a lot of people, shift workers in particular starting for seven o'clock, who have been both walking through the Meadows and coming into work at the Sick Kids and the surrounding Sciennes Road area."

He added: "We are appealing for anyone who has seen a male running from the Meadows, past the Sick Kids and thereafter in the Sciennes Road area to contact us immediately."

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