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Man arrested after woman sexually assaulted in street

The incident is said to have happened between 11.30pm on Sunday and 1am on Monday.

Police: A 53-year-old man has been arrested.
Police: A 53-year-old man has been arrested.

A man has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Orkney.

The victim in her 40s was allegedly attacked in the early hours of Monday on Bridge Street, Kirkwall.

A 53-year-old man has been arrested.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Bridge Street and Albert Street areas between 11.30pm on Sunday and 1am on Monday to come forward.

Detective inspector Donald Macdonald said: "It may well be something which seemed of little consequence at the time but I would ask that you let us make that judgement. It may well be of assistance.

"We have been carrying out significant inquiries to establish the full circumstances, including thorough analysis of available CCTV footage.

"I would like to thank the local community in Kirkwall for their support of these inquiries so far. We are grateful for your understanding and patience as these continue."

Officers meanwhile offered reassurances to members of the public.

Inspector Keith Bendall said: "Incidents such as this are extremely rare in our islands and it is understandable that there may be some concern in the community.

"I would reassure people that Police Scotland take reports of crime like this extremely seriously and every line of inquiry is being followed up by local and specialist officers to establish the full circumstances.

"I would also reiterate that it is vitally important that anyone with information which could help the investigation comes forward as soon as they possibly can."

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