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Alert message sent 14/03/2019 13:34:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

The following information was recently circulated by Police Scotland

We are today issuing an image of the knife used to threaten a woman who was then subjected to a serious sexual assault in Methil.

At around 8pm on Tuesday 29th January, the 20-year-old walked along Herriot Crescent and onto Kirkland Road when she was approached by a man who presented this weapon at her.

The woman was then led to an area of wasteland, near to Laird Avenue, where she was attacked.

An investigation led by Fife's Public Protection Unit was launched and the knife was recovered at the scene on the same evening the incident took place.

Inquiries are still ongoing to trace the suspect and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Detective Inspector Stuart Morris from the PPU in Fife said: "While the public response to this incident has been very encouraging, we have not yet identified the man responsible and it is imperative that members of the community help us bring this individual to justice.

"As you can see, this is a very distinctive knife which may have been bought individually or as part of a set, which could now be missing one from the collection.

"Do you, or someone you know, own a set like this, which is missing a knife? Do you know someone who you've seen in possession of a knife like this? If so, then please contact police immediately.

"A young woman was subjected to a very serious attack and I would urge anyone who believes they may have information to search their conscience and get in touch with us as a matter of urgency."

Those with information are asked to contact Fife's Public Protection Unit via 101, quoting incident number 3508 of 29 January. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Photograph of the knife below:

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Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, NW Scotland)

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