Saturday, 15 November 2014

Focus on the culprit

An assault this morning in the Meadows.  Here is the police press release:
The incident happened sometime between 6.50am and 7.10am today (Saturday) in the Meadows.
A 19-year-old woman had been out with friends in the Cowgate and Niddry Street area and was returning home when she made her way through Middle Meadow Walk.
As she reached Jawbone Walk, a male approached the victim from behind and knocked her to the ground before subjecting her to the attack.
The male then made off from the area before a member of the public came to the woman's aid.
Officers are now conducting various local enquiries to trace the suspect and anyone who can assist in identifying him is asked to come forward.
He is described only as being white and wearing dark clothing and a dark coloured hat.
Detective Chief Inspector Alwyn Bell said: "This has been a horrific attack on a young woman and she is understandably extremely distressed at this time.
"Specially trained officers are currently working alongside our relevant partner agencies to offer the victim all the necessary support and assistance she requires.
"This incident took place in an area that is often busy with joggers, dog walkers and other members of the public, regardless of the time of night and I would urge anyone who was in the Meadows on Saturday morning and remembers seeing anything suspicious to contact police immediately.
"We will have high-visibility police patrols deployed within the Meadows for the time being to offer reassurance to the public and to engage with anyone who may have information relevant to his enquiry.
"If you believe you can be of assistance to our investigation please approach one of these officers or call us on 101. Alternatively, you can make an anonymous report via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The focus needs to be on detaining the culprit rather than, as so often happens in these cases, on how dangerous it is to walk in the Meadows.  It is not generally a dangerous place and the unfortunate effect of an event like this is to create unreasonable fear.  Another effect of crime.

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