Renewed appeal for serious sexual assault witnesses

Renewed appeal for witnesses to serious sexual assault in Elgin.
Renewed appeal for witnesses to serious sexual assault in Elgin.

POLICE IN ELGIN have issued a renewed appeal for information over a serious sexual assault that took place on Murray Street in New Elgin a month ago.

The incident happened between 10pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday July 27 near the junction with Meadow Crescent and Millar Street, and involved a woman in her 30s.
Officers have since appealed for assistance to trace a white male aged in his late 20s to early 40s who was seen in the area that night.

He is described as being of a slim build with a round face and a bald or balding head (possibly shaved) and at the time of the incident was 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.

Today Detective Chief Inspector Colin Morrans, North East Division Public Protection Unit, is urging anyone who knows of a male matching the description provided to contact Police, as well as urging any members of the public who think they might have information that could assist to get in touch.

He said: “Several positive lines of enquiry are being followed in relation to this inquiry and, as such, I would like to thank those people who have assisted us so far.
“My message to anyone who thinks they might have seen something that night but have not yet come forward is to urge them to make contact with Police as soon as possible.

“Did you see something which seemed strange or suspicious around the time in question? Or maybe you saw or know of anyone matching the description of the male provided? You might not think your information is important, however I would respectfully ask you to let us make that judgement. It could well be of great assistance.

“I would like to take this opportunity once again to stress that we are treating this as an isolated incident and reassure the public that incidents of this nature are extremely rare.

“Police Scotland take reports of crimes of this nature extremely seriously and I can assure the public that every line of enquiry is being pursued to identify and deal with the person responsible.

“Anyone who thinks they may have information should contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous. In particular, I would appeal to anyone who knows of or has seen a male matching the description provided.”