Police seek snatch-bid witness

POLICE are appealing for help in tracing a woman who intervened after a 12-year-old girl was approached by a man in Portobello on Saturday afternoon.

The girl was on the footpath between Scotties Bar and Craigentinny Cemetery at around 12:30pm, when a man approached and placed his hands on her shoulder, trying to make her go with him.

A passing woman became concerned, and intervened, and the man then ran off.

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Detectives are keen to trace the woman as she may be have vital information that would help them find the man.

She is described as being white, in her mid-to-late 30s, with blonde hair tied back in a ponytail. She was wearing a black jacket, a luminous pink top, tight blue jeans, silver ballet pumps and was carrying a black handbag.

The suspect is white, in his mid-to-late 40s, with a hoop earring in his left ear and a bald head. He was carrying a dark green bottle.