Shocked residents in St Andrews reacted to the assault of a 26-year-old man in the Rose Lane area of the town in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A strong police presence remained in the centre of the town on Monday as teams of uniformed police manned the police cordon blocking the entrance to Rose Lane from South Street.
“It’s disturbing that something like this can happen in a tourist town like St Andrews,” said a one local. “I have lived here for eight years and things like this just don’t happen. It’s intense.”
Police have requested CCTV footage from onlooking shops, with one of the shopkeepers surprised that in an area with such little crime, an incident of this nature has occurred.
It is understood that investigations have been on-going since yesterday (Sunday), with the area cordoned off as police carry out enquiries.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Fife are investigating after a 26-year-old man was found with serious injuries in St Andrews.
“The incident occurred in Rose Lane at around 2am on Sunday, November 1. The man was taken to Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, for treatment.
“Enquires into how the man sustained his injuries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.”