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Police / Police investigate serious sexual assault

POLICE in Shetland are appealing for information after a 30-year old woman was seriously sexually assaulted by a man near Lerwick’s Commercial Street at around midnight on Saturday into Sunday.

Detective inspector Gerry Shovlin said that extensive enquiries were ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

He said there was additional police activity ongoing in the area to identify the suspect, who is described as being in his late 20s to early 30s, 5ft 8in-6ft in height, slim build with dark hair.

Detective inspector Shovlin added: “This is an extremely unusual incident in Lerwick and I would like to reassure people that considerable efforts are being made to progress inquiries as swiftly as possible.

“I would urge anyone who was around the Commercial Street area between 10pm and 1.20am on the night in question to come forward.

“You may have information which could help so please cast your mind back and pass on anything which may be of use.

“I would also be interested in speaking to anyone who was driving in the area and may have dashcam footage.”

Anyone who can help police with their enquiries can contact them on telephone 101, quoting incident 0090 of 6 October, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.