Police make fresh appeal to trace suspect in sexual assault investigation

Police have made a fresh appeal for information a month on from a woman being sexually assaulted at knife point.

The attack  took place at around 8pm on Tuesday, January 29, in Methil, Fife.

A 20-year-old woman had been walking along Herriot Crescent onto Kirkland Road when she was approached by a man.

He is said to have presented a knife at her before leading her to an area of wasteland where she was attacked.

Following the assault, the victim was able to run from the suspect and seek help from members of the public at a nearby industrial estate.

A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with the inquiry, but was released without charge. Police Scotland have indicated that the man is no longer a suspect.

Officers want to speak with anyone who may be able to assist with the ongoing investigation and have asked members of the public who may have information to come forward.

Police said the suspect is white, in his twenties, and is around 5ft 8ins tall, and of medium build.

He has light-brown curly hair and was wearing a dark-coloured waterproof jacket with dark-coloured tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Inspector Stuart Morris said: “It is now four weeks on from this attack and the male responsible is yet to be traced, despite the fantastic support we have received from the local community.

“I believe that someone within Methil, or the surrounding area, will know who our suspect is and I’d ask them to search their conscience and get in touch with us so we can get justice for the young woman involved.

“Similarly, anyone with any other relevant information, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to contact us immediately.”

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