Officers revisit scene of planned attack in Elgin

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A 44-year-old woman found with serious head injuries in Elgin a week ago was the victim of a "targeted pre-planned" assault, police have said.

The woman was discovered in the Woodside Terrace area just after 05:00 last Thursday.

Officers revisited the scene a week after the attack, and spoke to about 40 motorists.

The victim is being treated in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and has not yet been able to give a detailed account.

'Brutal assault'

Det Insp Norman Stevenson said: "I would like to thank the motorists that we stopped today for their patience and assistance as we continue to carry out extensive enquiries into this brutal assault.

"The information we received this morning will build on the picture we already have in terms of who passes through the area and at what time, and if any individuals looked out of place in the minutes before and after this incident last week.

"Without being able to speak to the woman involved yet because of the severity of her injuries, we are relying on the public at this crucial time to provide us with information.

"It is essential we piece together the moments leading up to the assault and build a picture of her life and acquaintances."

At the time of the incident, which took place at a lane near Woodside Terrace, the woman was wearing a light-coloured jacket, blue jeans, brown boots and was carrying a black handbag. She has fair hair and is of average build.

Anyone with information or who was in the area at the time is being urged to contact police.

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