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15 November 2014, 17:33
A teenager has been raped in a "horrific attack" in the Meadows in Edinburgh as she returned home from a night out.
The 19-year-old was walking along Middle Meadow Walk when she was attacked at around 7am on Saturday morning.
As she reached Jawbone Walk, a man came up behind and knocked her to the ground before subjecting her to the attack.
He then made off and a member of the public came to help the teenager.
Police appealed for information about the incident which happened sometime between 6.50am and 7.10am.
Detective Chief Inspector Alwyn Bell said: "This has been a horrific attack on a young woman and she is understandably extremely distressed at this time.
"Specially trained officers are currently working alongside our relevant partner agencies to offer the victim all the necessary support and assistance she requires.
"This incident took place in an area that is often busy with joggers, dog walkers and other members of the public, regardless of the time of night and I would urge anyone who was in the Meadows on Saturday morning and remembers seeing anything suspicious to contact police immediately.
"We will have high-visibility police patrols deployed within the Meadows for the time being to offer reassurance to the public and to engage with anyone who may have information relevant to this enquiry."
The 19-year-old had been out with friends in the Cowgate and Niddry Street area and was walking home when she was attacked.
The suspect was white and was wearing dark clothing and a dark coloured hat.