Divers search River Lossie for clues over serious assault

Search along the river to the Landshut Bridge

INVESTIGATIONS INTO A SERIOUS assault in Elgin has led to police divers searching in the River Lossie on Wednesday.

The search continues for the person responsible for the attack on a 44-year-old woman near Woodside Terrace on October 26.

The victim has been recovering in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary since the early morning attack and remains in a serious condition.  In their latest operation to gather information on the attack, a team of divers search the Lossie close to the Landshut Bridge hoping to find clues.

The inquiry is being led by Detective Inspector Norman Stevenson, who said that there was a determination to leave no stone unturned in the search for information.  He said: “Although I cannot go into the exact nature of what the search activity involved, I can confirm that it was in connection with our inquiries into a serious assault that left a woman badly injured.

“This has been just one aspect of numerous lines of inquiry we have been pursuing.  Every piece of information we receive and intelligence we gather needs to be pursued and examined.”

The assault is understood to have taken place as the victim was on her way to work at around 5am on October 26.  At the time she was wearing a light coloured jacket, blue jeans and brown boots and was carrying a handbag.  It is believed she was making her way to the bus stop when she was attacked.

So far the victim has been too ill to assist police but DI Stevenson believes that the attack was targeted and pre-planned.

He said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have information about this incident, please contact us on 101 or via the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111 if you wish to remain anonymous.”