Police release photo of weapon after woman raped at knifepoint

Police have released images of the knife used by a man who raped a woman at knifepoint on wasteland in Fife.

The 20-year-old victim was walking along Herriot Crescent and onto Kirkland Road in Methil when a man threatened her with the weapon at around 8pm on January 29.

He then led her to an area of wasteland near to Laird Avenue where she was attacked.

The knife was recovered at the scene on the same evening the incident took place.

Police are urging anyone who has information about the knife to contact them.

Detective Inspector Stuart Morris said: “While the public response to this incident has been very encouraging, we have not yet identified the man responsible and it is imperative that members of the community help us bring this individual to justice.

“As you can see, this is a very distinctive knife which may have been bought individually or as part of a set, which could now be missing from a collection.

“Do you, or someone you know, own a set like this which is missing a knife? Do you know someone who you’ve seen in possession of a knife like this? If so, please contact police immediately.

“A young woman was subjected to a very serious attack and I would urge anyone who believes they may have information to search their conscience and get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fife’s Public Protection Unit via 101, quoting incident number 3508 of 29 January or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.

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