POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman was indecently assaulted in Banff.
Officers received a report of an incident that took place last Wednesday whereby the woman – who is in her twenties – was approached by a man on Tannery Street at around 4.30pm and grabbed.
It is understood the person ran off after being challenged by a member of the public.
Officers want to speak to a man who is described as being around 30 to 40-years-old, of a slim build with short brown greying hair and a scar under his right eye.
He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a black muddy puffy jacket, dark blue jeans and black trainers.
Detective Sergeant Rhona Di Meola, who is leading the investigation, said: "I would urge anyone who recognises the description of this man to please get in touch as soon as possible while inquiries continue.
"Likewise I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and has information which could assist to also get in touch.
"In particular we would like to speak to a member of the public who intervened as he may have crucial information which could assist.
"The woman involved was not hurt or injured in any way, however the incident would have obviously been distressing.
"I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the public that these type of incidents are extremely rare in the area – and in the north-east generally – and I can provide every assurance that police are taking this report seriously.
"Anyone who recognises the description of the man provided, or anyone with information, should contact Police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they would prefer to remain anonymous."