Appeal for information following sexual assault in Annan

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Detectives in Annan are continuing enquiries following a report of a sexual assault in the Standalane area on Saturday 6 September.

At around 11.40pm, a 17-year-old woman was making her way home in the Standalane area, near to the Fire Station, when a man approached her from behind, pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. Following the incident the suspect walked off.

The young woman did not require hospital treatment but was very distressed by the ordeal.

The suspect is described as white, of medium height and build and was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top and dark coloured trousers.

Detective Inspector Colin Burnie said: “An experienced team of officers are working on this inquiry and we are determined to trace the man responsible for this crime. We are in the process of gathering CCTV images from the surrounding areas and we are appealing to anyone who may have seen or noticed anything untoward or suspicious to get in touch with us – any small piece of information could prove significant in our investigation.

“Incidents of this type are rare, not only in Annan but in Dumfries and Galloway as a whole. If anyone has any information or knowledge about the suspect or the crime, please contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Annan Police Office on the police non-emergency number, 101. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.

Early police investigations have established that four vehicles travelled in the area between 23.50pm and 23.55pm on Saturday 6 September. Three of these vehicles were dark coloured and one was yellow. Police are keen to speak to the drivers of these vehicles as they may have seen the victim or the accused. If you were one of these drivers or have any information on the incident please contact Annan police on 101.