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Arrest over Union Canal jump sex attack

posted 6 Oct 2012, 08:35 by Tollcross Junction

An 18‑year‑old man has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged sexually motivated assault in Ratho on Wednesday.

The arrest comes after a 15-year-old girl told police she had been attacked as she walked along a footpath running along the bank of the Union Canal on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

The schoolgirl said she struggled free and jumped into the canal in order to escape. When she got out of the water, she called police who launched an investigation.

Detective Inspector David Storey said at the time: "This has been a terrible experience for the girl involved. Although she escaped any injury she has been understandably shaken as a result."

The man will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, police said.

Source: STV Edinburgh