Man tries to drag teenager into “secluded spot”

Police are appealing for witnesses after the teenager was attacked

A TEENAGER was grabbed by a man who tried to drag her into bushes as she walked home on Monday evening.

The 17-year-old was attacked in the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh, on a path known locally as “the Pillars”, at around 8.30pm.

Her assailant grabbed her by the arm and attempted to drag her towards a secluded area near a Morrison’s supermarket.

She was able to break free and run home before calling the police.


Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Her assailant is described as white, in his 40s, 5ft 10ins tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a black hooded top with goggles sewn into the hood, black trousers and one black woolly glove on his left hand. He spoke with a gruff local accent.

A police spokesman said: “The young woman was terrified by this ordeal and was understandably shaken and distressed as a result.

“Fortunately she was able to flee her attacker and did not suffer any injuries. However, we are treating this extremely seriously and would urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone with information that can assist us in identifying the suspect is also asked to come forward.”