Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Woman suffers serious sexual assault in Edinburgh

A 37-year-old woman was left "extremely distressed" after a serious sexual assault in Edinburgh on Friday night.

The incident happened between 22:30 and 23:00 in the Abbeyhill area of the city, police said.

The woman had been drinking in the city centre earlier in the evening and met a male who she drank with for a short time.

The pair then walked together in Spring Gardens where the man subjected the victim to the attack.

Police Scotland said they were following a positive line of inquiry but were eager to speak to anyone who could help with their investigation.

Det Insp Keith Fairbairn said: "The victim has been left extremely distressed by this attack and we are conducting various inquiries in Spring Gardens at this time.

"Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the area late on Boxing Day evening is asked to contact police immediately.

"In particular, we are keen to speak with a male and female couple who are believed to have passed the victim and suspect around the time of the incident.

"These individuals are also urged to get in touch as soon as possible."