Hunt for rapist continues

INVESTIGATION: officer stands guard at the scene.
INVESTIGATION: officer stands guard at the scene.

The hunt for a hooded rapist who attacked a young woman in Uddingston is continuing this week, with a police ‘stop and interview’ in the area described as ‘definitely worthwhile’.

A major investigation was launched after the 20-year-old was subjected to a ‘horrendous’ sex attack near Castle Gate as she walked home from Uddingston Train Station shortly after 10pm on Tuesday, March 24.

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

The man fled the area in an unknown direction following the assault and the woman immediately contacted police.

Officers have been combing the area for clues, while door-to-door enquiries are continuing.

CCTV footage is also being analysed, while a ‘stop and interview’ was carried out by officers on Tuesday (March 31) night.

Detectives have now appealed for several people to come forward - a dog walker seen on Main Street, Uddingston, a couple walking on Castle Avenue, Bothwell, and a man spotted running on Kylepark Drive, Uddingston.

A description of the suspect has been released in the hope of attracting potential witnesses.

He is described as white, aged 30-50, around 5’9” and was wearing dark clothing, including a hood, at the time of the attack. He is further described as having red hair and red facial hair.

Detective Inspector Tom Carty, of the Specialist Crime Division, said: “We are doing everything we can to find the culprit.

“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.

“We urge anyone who was in the vicinity of Uddingston Train Station, Main Street Uddingston, Castle Avenue and Castle Gate between 9.15pm and 10.30pm hours on Tuesday, March 24 to contact police.

“In particular we would like to hear from a man who was walking with his dog in Main Street, Uddingston, near to the train station about 9.30-9.35pm and also a couple walking in Castle Avenue, Bothwell, who may be able to provide information.

“Lastly we have had a report of a man seen running in Kylepark Drive, Uddingston, about 10.40pm and we would appeal to him to come forward in order that we can eliminate him from our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.