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Police link two sexual assaults in St Andrews

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Image caption The second incident happened on a lane between the university sports hall and the David Russell apartments

Police have linked two sexual assaults which have taken place in St Andrews over the last week.

Officers have issued a description of a man they want to question in connection with the attacks.

The rape and indecent assault took place in the early hours of 9 and 10 April.

Police also announced that there will be additional foot patrols in the area and have advised people not to walk alone.

The first incident took place between 00.15 and 02:10 on 9 April when a 27-year-old woman was raped.

She was last seen walking with a man on Doubledykes Road at about 00:55.

The second incident took place about 01:00 on 10 April, when an 18-year-old student was indecently assaulted while walking in the grounds of St Andrews University.

'Personal safety'

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 short time before the man ran off. While she was uninjured, the woman was left extremely shaken.

The man was described as being between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in, wearing a dark puffa jacket with dark tracksuit bottoms and a grey beanie hat.

He was also possibly wearing gloves.

Det Ch Insp Pauline McCallum from Police Scotland: "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."

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