Possible link to St Andrews sexual assaults

Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses

Police are linking two sexual assaults that took place in St Andrews over the last week and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

The first incident took place between 12.15 a.m. and 2.10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9 when a 27-year-old woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault.

She was last seen walking with a man on Doubledykes Road at around 12.55 a.m.

The second incident took place about 1.00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, when an 18-year-old woman student was indecently assaulted while walking in the University grounds.

As the woman walked along a lane between the University Sports Hall and the David Russell Apartments, she became aware of a man walking behind her, who then grabbed and indecently assaulted her.

The assault lasted a very short time before the assailant ran off. While she was uninjured, the woman was left extremely shaken.

The man is described as 5’8” - 5’10” wearing a dark puffa jacket, dark tracksuit bottoms, grey beanie hat and possibly wearing gloves.

Police are appealing for anyone to come forward who recognises the description of the man, or who has any information that can help with this inquiry.

In light of these two incidents there will be police foot patrols in place, particularly during the hours of darkness.

Police are also advising people to be vigilant when walking home at night, and to walk in pairs where possible.

Detective Chief Inspector Pauline McCallum from Police Scotland said: “This type of incident is rare but I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to be aware of their personal safety, particularly if walking in a quiet area or after a night out.

“We have a description of a man who we would like to speak to in connection with our inquiries, and anyone with any information should contact police immediately.”