Woman attacked and sexually assaulted in Barrhead

The victim was forced to a grassy area and raped.
The victim was forced to a grassy area and raped.

A woman who was walking within a wooded area between Main Street and Cross Arthurlie Street, Barrhead last weekend was attacked and sexually assaulted.

Police Scotland are appealing for information after the female was reported the incident to them.

Sometime between 10pm on Friday and 10pm on Saturday, March 11, the 57-year-old was walking alone when her attacker pounced.

The woman, although not physically injured, was left very badly shaken.

The suspect is described as being tall, well built and had a beard but it is not known in what direction he left the scene.

Detective Inspector Graeme McLachlan at Greater Glasgow Public Protection Unit is appealing for information he said: “This was obviously a very traumatic incident for anyone to endure and as such I urge anyone who can provide information that could assist our investigation to contact police immediately.

“Did you see this man hanging around the area over the weekend or see him following a woman into the wooded area between Main Street and Cross Arthurlie Street.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Greater Glasgow Public Protection Unit via 101 or alternately CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.