Police activity following sexual assault in Dalkeith

A bus stop close to where the attack took place in woods near Lauder Road
A bus stop close to where the attack took place in woods near Lauder Road

Police will speak with people out in Dalkeith this weekend following a serious sexual assault last Sunday.

It has been almost a week since a male attacked a 27-year-old woman in a wooded area between Lauder Road and Wester Kippielaw Drive at around 3.45am.

As part of Police Scotland’s ongoing and robust investigation, divisional officers will carry out additional patrols in and around the town as well as speak with locals in an effort to gain vital information that may help trace the suspect.

He is described as white, aged approximately 20-years-old, around 5ft 7inches tall and with a very slim build. He has short dark hair and was wearing tight fitted jeans and a shiny black hooded top.

It is thought the man may have been at a local nightclub earlier in the evening and may have been ejected.

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson of Police Scotland said: “I want to reassure the local community that we are using all resources available to track down this suspect and ensure he is brought to justice.

“As part of our approach, we will continue to run additional patrols in the area and officers are also planning to speak with people who are going out in the town this weekend.

“Sexual attacks of this nature are thankfully very rare and I would ask people to engage with officers if they remember any unusual behaviour in the early hours of last Sunday in the area of Lauder Road.

“Alternatively, information can be passed to police via the 101 number of through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”