Police renew appeal and define Elgin assault as ‘sexual’

Assault on Murray Street prompted a renewed appeal from police.
Assault on Murray Street prompted a renewed appeal from police.

AN ASSAULT IN ELGIN earlier this week has prompted a renewed appeal from local police who say the enquiry being pursued is that it was of a ‘sexual nature’.

On Thursday police issued an appeal for witnesses following the incident in Murray Street on Wednesday evening – now they say that as a result of “extensive enquires” carried out since, they said that sexual assault is now the one line of enquiry being pursued.

Specifically, police wish to trace a white male aged in his 40’s and of slim build with a round face – he is also said to be “bald or balding”.

He is believed to have been wearing a white T-shirt with a dark round pattern on the front, dark tracksuit bottoms and trainers, and was carrying a white carrier bag at the time.

Detective Inspector Norman Stevenson, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our investigation is still ongoing and I thank those who have assisted us with information and assistance so far.

“I would like to reiterate once again that we are treating this as an isolated incident and I would also like to stress how rare incidents of this nature are in the area. Our main priority is of course the woman involved and we are providing all assistance necessary to her while the inquiry progresses.

“I again ask anyone who thinks they might have information about the incident to contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous. In particular I would appeal for anyone who knows of or has seen a male matching the description provided to get in touch.

“Police Scotland takes all reports of crimes of this nature extremely seriously and I can assure the public that every line of enquiry will be pursued to identify and deal with those responsible.”