Fresh appeal over serious assault

West High Street in Buckhaven
West High Street in Buckhaven

Police in Levenmouth are making a renewed appeal for information over an unsolved assault which happened three months ago in Buckhaven.

A man was left with fairly severe injuries after answering his door and being attacked, without conversation, by two men wearing Hallowe’en-type masks.

One of the culprits was carrying a weapon similar to a Samurai sword.

Police Scotland officers have been pursuing lines of inquiry linked to various theories over the reasons behind the attack.

The perpetrators are believed to be local, but police have decided to make a 
new plea for information from the public, while releasing more information about the case.

Detective Sergeant Paul Dick, of Levenmouth CID, said the incident occurred at an address in West High Street around 10.30 p.m. on Monday, April 28.

A 41-year-old man was in his house when he answered the door and saw two men standing outside, said DS Dick.

Both of them were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, of the type seen prominently in the 2006 film ‘V for Vendetta’.

The men said nothing but immediately began assaulting the victim, said DS Dick.

The incident lasted only a short time – the man quickly managed to shut the door on them and they left after waiting outside for another half-minute or so.

However, DS Dick said the man had been scarred and suffered quite serious injuries through cuts.

People had been eliminated from police inquiries, but the incident had resulted in considerable harm to the victim and, regardless of its cause, it had a disturbing nature, he said.

Police hoped a reminder might result in new intelligence from the public.

“A lot of our inquiries have come to dead ends and anything with regard to it would be of benefit to us,” he added.

“We are concerned that somebody simply answering his door should be set uppon by two males – they have turned up clearly intent on causing him injury.”

Despite the severity of the attack, DS Dick hoped to reassure the community that incidents like it were rare and were largely isolated cases.

At the time, DS Alex Raeside had said: “The events we are investigating were restricted to the property at West High Street and we are appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity and who thinks they saw the two males in question to get in touch immediately.”

DS Dick added inquiries were continuing and any new details would be investigated to the full.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.