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Aberdeen rape suspect had 'unkempt appearance'

Police at scene
Image caption Police have been looking for clues at the scene of the attack

Police in Aberdeen have released a description of a rape suspect, after a young woman was attacked in the Powis area of the city on Saturday morning.

The 22-year-old was walking near shops on Bedford Avenue at about 07:30 when she was attacked.

The suspect is white, about 30 years old, approximately 6ft tall, of medium build, with an unkempt appearance, as if he had been sleeping rough.

Police said the man may also have been in the Powis area on Friday morning.

Det Ch Insp Martin Dunn said: "This was a vicious sexual assault which has left a young woman injured and traumatised.

"I am particularly interested to speak to anyone who may have seen a man and young woman in or around the area of Bedford Avenue on Saturday morning.

"The female victim believed the male was wearing a black hooded top, a red, white and blue scarf, and grey or black hiking boots with thick laces."

'Particularly nasty'

Grampian Police has also released a description of the victim "to encourage anyone who may have seen either of these people to come forward".

Det Ch Insp Dunn said: "The young female victim is 22 years of age, 5ft 6in tall, slightly built and was wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans.

"She was also wearing a black and white woollen hat and carrying a green and blue handbag with distinctive tan straps."

He said police patrols have been increased following the attack, which he described as particularly nasty.

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