Detectives are urging people to check their home security cameras to help them snare a man who attacked an Aberdeen schoolgirl on her paper round.
The 16-year-old girl was delivering newspapers in Kingswells on Saturday afternoon when a man in his 50s followed her for 15 minutes before grabbing her shoulder.
The victim said she thought her attacker was trying to drag her down a pathway.
Police sent sniffer dogs to the scene and carried out house-to-house inquiries and also searched several alleys.
Now officers leading the probe are urging Kingswells residents and traders to check security cameras for footage of the attacker.
Detective Inspector Allen Shaw said: “Were you in the Kingswells area on Saturday and saw a man described as being in his 40s to 50s and of a very slim build with gaunt features?
“We understand he was wearing a black baseball cap, dark framed glasses, a blue and red striped shirt and blue jeans and may have walked a route covering Kingswood Drive, Corse Avenue, Corse Gardens and Corse Wynd between 12.30pm and 1pm.
“The weather was extremely nice and it may be you were out washing the car or in the garden. Did you see anyone matching this description throughout the day?
“I would also ask anyone with business or residential CCTV of the area, or dashcam footage, to please get in touch if you have not been spoken to by officers already.”
The teenager, who asked not to be named, said: “My first instinct was to just get away from him, so I moved my shoulder in the opposite direction to where he was pulling me and ran.
“There was a path leading to an alleyway. I think he was trying to take me down that path.
“I was petrified,” added the girl, who ran off to her mum, who was in a car nearby, having driven there following an SOS text message from her daughter.
Det Insp Shaw said: “We want to stress just how unusual incidents of this nature are in the city let alone a community like Kingswells. It is crucial we get as much support as we can from people in the area with our investigation.
“A number of lines of inquiry are being pursued assisted by CCTV work and extensive house-to-house inquiries.”