On Thursday, a 19-year-old was attacked sexually at 5.45am by the fake taxi driver after a night out in the Capital. She was picked up on Regent Road which is at the foot of Calton Hill and dropped off at the top of Easter Road, where a genuine taxi driver helped her to show the way. DI Kevin Harkins told that,
“This man has preyed on a vulnerable young woman and this was an extremely frightening ordeal for her, she is now receiving support from specially trained officers,” “I am very grateful to the Fake taxi driver who helped her and thanks to him and the victim, we have a good description of the vehicle and the offender.
“This was a serious sexual assault and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle in the city centre in the early hours of yesterday morning, or may recognise it or the driver.”
She was sitting on a bench in Regent Road and approached the driver of a grey minibus to go for Easter Road, maybe a VW Transporter.
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The vehicle had windows all along the sides with screens. She accepted a lift, thought it was a private hire cab, before being attacked and then started to the Easter Road.
The distraught victim got out and was supported by the good Samaritan taxi driver on Montrose Terrace at around 6.15am. Her attacker is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall with a large nose and short dark hair in between the age of 30 and 40, of large build.
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The Attacker was wearing a light blue polo shirt and denim jeans. After dropping her off, the attacker has driven over the junction with London Road, carrying on down Easter Road towards Leith. Chief Inspector Gill Geany told
“This type of incident is very rare in Edinburgh, and the vast majority of people who enjoy a night out in Edinburgh do so safely.”
And he asked revelers to be careful, particularly women out alone, having recognized suspicious drivers in the city centre.
Edinburgh Taxi Association member Ali McPherson, 53 told the propagation of private hire cabs to 2,000 in Edinburgh makes for an ideal hunting ground for “predators.” He also told that
“This will continue happening, we know it will. These predators are rubbing their hands now there are so many cars.”
Mr. Mcpherson called for greater knowledge of the difference between black cabs, which can legally pick-up fares on the street, and private hires that need to be pre-booked.
Police warned members of the public to be careful.
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