Sex attack claim is probed

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POLICE in Queensferry are appealing to members of the public for help as they investigate an alleged report of serious sexual assault in the town last week.

The incident took place between 11pm and midnight last Thursday (March 24) in an area just behind the popular Ferry Tap pub in the town’s busy High Street.

The following day, forensic police officers carried out an examination of the area, near The Vennel Kirk, where the alleged incident was believed to have taken place.

And CID officers also undertook door-to-door enquiries at neighbouring homes on Friday and Saturday questioning residents if they saw or heard anything untoward as they searched for a possible witness to the alleged crime.

Police now want to hear from anyone who was in the High Street area between 11pm and midnight that night and who may have seen someone acting suspiciously.

After further police enquiries in pubs within the close proximity of the attack, they have since issued a description of the person they are looking for in connection with the alleged incident.

The man is described as white, about six feet, aged between 20 and 30 years, wearing a red hooded top. He also sported a distinctive tattoo on his neck.

A police spokesman said: “We are continuing to investigate the report of a sexual assault that happened at the Vennel Kirk in Queensferry sometime between 11pm and midnight on Thursday (March 24). We would like anyone who may have witnessed this attack to come forward.”

In an unconnected incident, just 24 hours later, in neighbouring Kirkliston, police were involved in another alleged sexual assault in a property in the village.

A police spokesperson said as the Queensferry Gazette went to press yesterday (Thursday): “Two men, both 26 years, have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault in Kirkliston in the early hours of Saturday morning (March 26).”

If anyone can help police with their enquiries into the assault in Queensferry, they can do so by calling the station on 0131 331 1798 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.