Appeal after ‘horrendous’ sex attack in Udddingston

POLICE PRESENCE: attack took place near Castle Gate.

POLICE PRESENCE: attack took place near Castle Gate.

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A major police investigation is under way after a ‘horrendous’ sex attack in Uddingston.

Police Scotland launched a manhunt after a 20-year-old woman suffered a serious sexual assault near Castle Gate shortly after 10pm on Tuesday (March 25).

The woman was approached from behind and forced into a wooded area during the terrifying ordeal.

The man left the area in an unknown direction following the assault and the woman immediately contacted

police.

The suspect is described as white, aged 30-50, around 5’9”, wearing dark clothing including a hood.

He is further described as having red hair and red facial hair.

Detective Inspector Tom Carty, of the Specialist Crime Division, is appealing for information.

He said: “This was a horrendous ordeal for a young woman to have to experience and it is critical that we trace this man as soon as possible.

“I would like to reassure the community that our officers are doing everything they can to find the person responsible.

“Incidents like this are extremely rare particularly in this area.

“However, we need help from members of the public who may have vital information to assist with the investigation.”

He continued: “We are looking to speak to anyone who was in the area of Uddingston Train Station, Main Street Uddingston, Castle Avenue and Castle Gate between 9.15 and 10.30pm on Tuesday, March 24.

“I would urge anyone who was in the surrounding area around that time who may have seen a man matching this description to contact police immediately.

“Officers are continuing enquiries at the scene, analysing available CCTV footage and conducting door-to-door enquiries.

“If you have any information which can help trace the man responsible, we ask that you get in contact.”

Anyone with information can contact officers at Motherwell Police Office on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.