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Aberdeen rape victim route provides leads

Police at scene
Image caption The attack happened on Saturday morning in the Powis area

Police details of the route taken by a woman before she was raped in Aberdeen have produced positive lines of inquiry, detectives have said.

The 22-year-old was subjected to a "vicious" attack in the Powis area of the city on Saturday morning.

The hunt for her attacker is now one of the biggest investigations Grampian Police has carried out in recent years.

The woman walked right along George Street from the His Majesty's Theatre area, before reaching Bedford Avenue.

A total of 135 officers are involved in the manhunt.

Det Ch Insp Martin Dunn said: "Between 6:00 and 7:30 the victim walked along Union Terrace, past the theatre and left onto Blackfriars Street.

"She then travelled along St Andrews Street before turning left and walking right along George Street.

"She then went right into Bedford Road before moving onto Bedford Avenue, where the attack happened."

He said the attacker was about 30 years old, white, about 6ft tall, of medium build, with an unkempt appearance.

He was wearing a black hooded top, a red, white and blue scarf, and grey or black hiking boots with thick laces.

The victim was 5ft 6in tall, slightly built and was wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans, a black and white woollen hat and was carrying a green and blue handbag with tan straps.

Det Ch Insp Dunn said officers were continuing to follow "a number of lines of inquiry" and that there had been a "considerable response" from the public since the appeal for witnesses was launched.

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