NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Woman sexually assaulted in Kirkwall town centre

Police officer at lane
Image caption Police say they will maintain a presence in the area as inquiries continue

Police have sealed off a lane in the centre of Kirkwall in Orkney after a woman was sexually assaulted.

The attack took place in Burn Lane, near the junction of Albert Street and Bridge Street, in the early hours of the morning.

The area has been taped off by police, and an officer has been stationed to keep members of the public away.

In a statement, Police Scotland said their inquiries were at "an early stage".

They added that they will be maintaining a presence in the area as investigations continue.

Image caption Witnesses have told BBC Scotland the area was cordoned off from 06:00

The story was originally published on 4 March 2019.

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