Police appeal after sexual assault

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Police are probing the sexual assault of a woman in Arbroath late last night (Thursday).

And they are keen to trace a man who was seen in the company of the 22-year-old woman in the Warddykes area of the town.

The man was said to be with the woman when she was sexually assaulted in Warddykes Avenue, around midnight by a bench on a pathway which runs behind Warddykes Primary School.

The man is described as being in his 20s, with short dark brown hair and tanned skin. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans, trainers and may have been carrying a black back pack.

Police added the man left the area, leaving the woman distressed but unhurt.

Detective Inspector Ally Waghorn said: “Officers are in the area today carrying out further investigation and a review of CCTV coverage in the local area has also been carried out. House to house enquiries are also ongoing and there is a visible police presence in the area.

“We know there were a number of people and passing vehicles in the area and we would ask anyone who saw a couple together either in Warddykes Avenue or surrounding streets to contact us as they may be of help to our enquiries.”

Tayside Division is appealing to anyone who was in the area between 11p.m. on yesterday and 1 a.m. this morning (Friday) and who saw a man and a woman in their 20s in one another’s company to come forward.

Equally, officers want to hear from people if they saw a man or a woman in their 20s alone in the area. They could have information that could help establish the full circumstances around the incident.

Anyone who can assist should call Police Scotland on 101, or speak to their local officer.