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Appeal after 19-year-old sexually assaulted

Police are appealing for information after a 19-year-old was subjected to a serious sexual assault

Police are appealing for information after a 19-year-old was assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident, which has been described as a serious sexual assault, happened between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. at a property on Linden Avenue.

The woman was walking on Burghmuir Road towards the roundabout for Linden Avenue when a man approached her and engaged her in conversation. He then took the woman to the address where she was attacked.

The woman left the address around 4 a.m. and got help from a resident on Muirend Road, who called the police.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his twenties, around 5ft 9in tall and of slim build. He has short dark hair and was clean shaven. He was wearing a dark coloured t-shirt and dark coloured jeans.

Detective Inspector Yvonne O’Rourke from Forth Valley’s Public Protection Unit said:

“This has been an extremely frightening ordeal for the woman who continues to assist us with our inquiries and is being provided with support from specialist officers while we carry out our investigation. We have high-visibility patrols being conducted in the area and are utilising all resources at our disposal to thoroughly investigate this very serious incident.”

DI O’Rourke has called for members of the public who either saw the woman or someone matching the description of the suspect on that night to come forward.

“I am appealing for anyone who saw a woman wearing a red dress with a yellow t-shirt over the top in the areas around Burghmuir Road and Linden Avenue between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Sunday morning to contact police as soon as possible. Likewise, anyone who may have seen the suspect, or a man matching his description, in the early hours of Sunday morning, should inform police immediately.

“I would ask any drivers in the area who may have footage of the woman and the man on dash-cam devices to check their systems and provide this to police as soon as possible.

“I would urge anyone who has any information relevant to this inquiry and who can help us identify and trace the suspect to contact police immediately.”

Those with information should contact Forth Valley’s Public Protection Unit via 101, quoting incident number 0854 of 15 September. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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