Woman raped close to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Fleshmarket Close in Edinburgh's Old Town
Fleshmarket Close in Edinburgh's Old Town
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A woman has been raped in a lane in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The 44-year-old is alleged to have been attacked about 3am today in Fleshmarket Close, which runs off the High Street.

Police Scotland have appealed for any witnesses to the attack.

A polices spokesperson said a man had been detained in connection with the incident.

Fleshmarket Close is a narrow lane running between the Royal Mile and Market Street.

It is a central location in one of author Ian Rankin’s best known Inspector Rebus novels, which is named after the lane.