Police are in pursuit of an “unknown male” following two incidents of rape within a span of nine days on a Scottish island. The victim, a woman in her 40s, was assaulted in the Creagorry area of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.
The initial serious sexual assault occurred between 10:30 pm on Friday, September 8, and 3 am on Saturday, September 9. The second incident took place between 1:15 am and 2:15 am on Monday, September 18. Both instances are believed to involve the same unidentified man.
Detectives have characterized the case as “extremely unusual” and deeply concerning. The investigation is being overseen by specialized officers from Police Scotland’s national Public Protection Unit.
Detective Inspector Craig Ross stated, “These two reported incidents are obviously extremely unusual for an island community such as Benbecula. We are providing support to the woman involved in our investigation to establish the full circumstances. I would urge anyone who may have information or who may have seen any suspicious activity to come forward.”
The suspect is described as white, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, of medium build, clean-shaven, with greyish white hair and an English accent.
Chief Inspector Jane Mackenzie, Western Isles area commander, emphasized, “These reports are obviously extremely concerning and we are providing a visible police presence in the area. Local officers are supporting and assisting our national colleagues with this investigation. If anyone has any concerns or information then I would urge you to call 101, or approach any of our officers.”