Rape in Leith Links

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DETECTIVES are hunting a rapist who subjected a woman to a “horrendous” knifepoint attack just 250 metres from a major city police station.

The suspect – described as being of Pakistani or South Asian appearance – struck in Leith Links, Edinburgh, close to Leith Police Station.

Police taped off an area of the park following the attack on the 28-year-old woman at about 1am on Thursday.

Detective Inspector Keith Fairbairn said: “This was a horrendous attack, which left the victim deeply distressed and she is now being supported by police.

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Leith links where the rape of the 28-year-old woman took place

“The incident was carried out in a public area and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in or around Leith Links in the early hours of Thursday morning and saw anything suspicious.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any further information that can help us trace the man responsible is also asked to contact police immediately.”

Chief Inspector Sara Buchanan said: “We understand that this incident may have an impact on the local community and so high-visibility patrols are currently being deployed within the Leith Links to engage with members of the public and offer reassurance.

“I would urge anyone who wishes to speak with an officer in relation to this incident to approach one of the officers at the scene, contact 101 or make an anonymous report via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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