Renewed appeal in sex assault case

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A renewed appeal for anyone who may have information regarding a sexual assault in the early hours of the New Year following Hogmanay celebrations in Stonehaven has been issued.

Officers from Aberdeenshire and Moray Division, Police Scotland are renewing their appeal for witnesses following the assault during the early hours of Tuesday, January 1.

They have now released CCTV video from the night of the assault in a hope that it will jog people’s memories.

The victim was travelling home from Stonehaven’s popular fireballs ceremony when she was assaulted in a car on the A90 northbound between Aberdeen and Portlethen. The Police described the incident as a “serious sexual assault.”

The victim was left shaken but unhurt by the incident.

Police have issued a number of appeals in an attempt to identify a man caught on CCTV who they say may have “information critical to the investigation.”

This week they renewed that appeal as they asked for anyone who may have seen the man with whom the victim left to come forward.

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The man was wearing a long dark coloured, dark trousers, gloves and a red hat He is described as being aged in his fifties.

The 33-year-old female victim was collected in a silver or grey five-door hatchback around Allardice Street following the end of the Hogmanay celebration.

She was wearing a knee length black and white skirt, a black jacket and a pink and black scarf.

Detective Inspector Graeme Mackie said: “We would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the man highlighted in the CCTV footage during the Fireballs event or who may recognise the man as it is believed the man may have information that is important to the investigation.

‘‘We would also like to speak with anyone who may have seen the car on the A90 between 1 and 3am.”

n Anyone who recognises the male in the footage is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.