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Last Updated: Monday, 21 January 2008, 11:30 GMT
Terrier saves girl from attacker
Staffordshire bull terrier
The girl was out walking a Staffordshire bull terrier
A teenage girl is recovering after a man tried to drag her down a path as she was out walking her dog in Edinburgh.

Police have appealed for help in tracing the man who was seen acting suspiciously in Pilton on Friday.

The 16-year-old was out with her dog on the walkway between West Pilton Green and Granton Mill at about 2200 GMT.

The man tried to pull her down the path, but the girl's Staffordshire bull terrier jumped on him, and he ran off.

The man was described as Afro Caribbean, 5ft 8ins, well-built with a foreign accent.

A police spokeswoman said: "This was a frightening situation the teenager found herself in.

"Although she wasn't hurt she's been left shaken by the ordeal.

"We would urge anyone with any information to come forward."

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