Police hunt Dalkeith sex attacker

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Police investigating a serious sexual assault in Dalkeith are studying CCTV footage in a bid to identify the suspect.

A 27-year-old woman was walking in the town at about 3.45am on Sunday when she was forced into a wooded area between Lauder Road and Wester Kippielaw Drive and attacked.

The suspect was described as being about 20 years old, 5ft 7in tall, of very slim build with short, dark hair.

He was wearing tight-fitted jeans and a shiny black hooded top.

Police believe he may have been thrown out of a local nightclub earlier in the evening.

Officers have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time of the assault to come forward.

As part of an ongoing investigation they are currently reviewing CCTV footage as well as carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the local area.

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson said: “Thankfully, offences of this nature are rare however this does not lessen the trauma experienced by a victim and family.

“Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and treats all reports of sexual offences with the utmost seriousness.

“Police patrols have now been stepped up in Dalkeith and surrounding area to provide a reassuring presence in the community.”