Man sought for sex assault on student in St Andrews

A man who sexually assaulted a teenager in a Fife town is being sought by police.

The incident happened in the North Haugh in St Andrews, near the Gateway Building, at about 17:40 on Thursday.

An 18-year-old female university student was assaulted by a man on the grass area near Agnes Blackadder Halls student accommodation.

The man was tall, of muscular build, and was wearing dark clothing. He spoke with a foreign accent.

He was last seen running off in the direction of Agnes Blackadder Halls.

Rare incident

Police are keen to trace people who were in the area around the time of the incident.

Det Insp Nicola Shepherd from Police Scotland said: "The incident that we are investigating is rare, therefore when such incidents do take place thorough inquires are carried out.

"Fortunately the victim was not harmed during this incident and we are actively seeking the person responsible.

"The victim has indicated that the suspect spoke with a foreign accent but could not be more specific in terms of a possible country of origin."

She added: "We are working closely with staff and students at the university and this will continue as the inquiry progresses and as Police Scotland continue efforts to trace the suspect.

"In the meantime there will be a continued police presence in and around the area of the North Haugh."

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