“Terrifying” knife-point rape on woman in Fife street


A 20-year-old woman has been raped at knife-point in a horrific attack as she walked down a Fife street.

The incident happened last night at around 8pm near to Laird Avenue in Methil.

The victim was walking in Herriot Crescent into Kirkland Road when a man approached armed with a knife, which he pointed at her.

He then forced her on to an area of wasteland where she was sexually assaulted.

The woman was eventually able to flee from her attacker and sought assistance from two members of the public at a nearby industrial estate.

The suspect is described as white, around 20-years-old, 5ft 8ins tall with a medium build, light-brown wavy hair and wearing a dark waterproof jacket and dark tracksuit bottoms. He appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Cunningham, said, “This has been a terrifying ordeal for the young woman that has left her deeply distressed. We are providing her with all the support and assistance she requires while we investigate this very serious incident.

“Our inquiry is being supported by uniformed officers, who are conducting high-visibility patrols within Methil to offer reassurance to the public, as well as colleagues from specialist national divisions.

“As part of this investigation, we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity within the areas around Herriot Crescent, Kirkland Road, or the wasteland near Laird Avenue during Tuesday evening.

“We also have a very good description of the suspect and anyone who believes they can help us identify him should contact police immediately.”

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