Women infringed by bizarre painter

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Police are seeking a man who has covered women in paint on the pretence that they will appear as painted statues in a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Officers investigating the bizarre incidents say the man, who calls himself Steven, is known to have painted at least two women - fully clothed - in the past 10 days in the Leith area of Edinburgh.

A police spokesman said "No physical harm has been done to any of this man's victims, but clearly we want to find out who he is ... We realise people may be embarrassed to come forward but we need to find out how many people he has come into contact with."