The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Woman held against her will by stranger during ‘terrifying’ ordeal in her home.

KIRKCALDY: Po1ice hunt man who entered flat and struggled with victim

- Michael alexander malexander@thecourier.co.uk

A woman in her 60s was assaulted and held against her will in Kirkcaldy.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident, which happened around 10am on Saturday at an address in Harris Drive in the Templehall area.

The woman was entering her home when an unknown man followed her into the property, where she was then assaulted and threatened her.

The suspect left the property after four hours, during which he struggled with the householde­r. He is described as around 30 to 40 years old, 5ft 4in tall, with a medium-to-stocky build.

He had a shaved head with a scratch to his face and head. The man also had an earring and wore a black, zipped jacket with a brand logo on one shoulder and zipped pockets on the chest area. He wore distinctiv­e Police-brand blue cargo jeans with long straps at the front.

Detective Inspector John Anderson said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim that took place in her own home and we are eager to trace this man as soon as possible.

“Anyone who recognises his descriptio­n or saw anyone acting suspicious­ly in the Harris Drive area yesterday morning or afternoon is urged to come forward. People may also have seen him, before or after the incident, elsewhere in the Templehall area.

“I’d like to reassure the community that we are currently pursuing all lines of inquiry and will have a highly visible police presence in the area while we carry out house-to-house inquiries and review CCTV footage. I would encourage anyone with any concerns to please speak to their local officers.”

Anyone with informatio­n is asked to call police on 101 or contact Crimestopp­ers anonymousl­y on 0800 555 111.

Yesterday afternoon officers at the scene said witnesses had come forward describing a man matching the suspect’s descriptio­n leaving from the rear of a block of flats that leads to a communal area dividing Davar Drive and Harris Drive. Police also said the suspect may have visible injuries to his face, caused during a struggle with the victim.

Several residents told The Courier they were “shocked” at the news.

It is understood police visited a local corner shop on Saturday to access CCTV images. The shop keeper said the woman was in his shop several hours before. He said: “I don’t know her but I know her face. She’s from up on the other side and comes in here occasional­ly.”

Late yesterday afternoon police forensics teams and investigat­ing officers were still at the block of six flats where the woman lived. It is understood the victim has gone to stay with family or friends following the incident.

 ?? Picture: George McLuskie. ?? A scenes of crime officer on Harris Drive yesterday.
Picture: George McLuskie. A scenes of crime officer on Harris Drive yesterday.

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