Woman Raped By Driver In Edinburgh

Police have launched an investigation after a 19-year-old woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault in Edinburgh.

The incident happened on Sunday February 12 in the Meadowbank area of the city between 3am and 4.30am.

The woman had been out in the Grassmarket before getting into a car which took her to Meadowbank, at which point the driver attacked her.

It is unknown if the vehicle was a taxi.

Following the assault, the woman sought assistance from another female in a flat around Meadowbank Terrace before calling police.

Officers say they are following a positive line of inquiry but are now requesting members of the public with information to come forward.

The male suspect is described as Asian with dark skin, in his forties and bald. He spoke with a foreign accent and was wearing glasses.

Detective Inspector Kevin Harkins said: "Since the attack took place, officers have been conducting CCTV trawls and door-to-door inquiries throughout the Meadowbank area to identify potential witnesses and bring the male responsible to justice.

"I am eager to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious during the early hours of Sunday February 12, or who recognises the description of the suspect and believes they can help us identify him.

"In particular, we are really keen to hear from the occupant of the flat who spoke with the young woman following this incident. We'd ask her to contact police immediately.''

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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