As­sault

Passers-by came to aid af­ter mid­night as­sault

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Johnathan Ged­des

Brave passers-by came to the aid of a woman who was be­ing at­tacked in what po­lice are de­scrib­ing as a “tar­geted” in­ci­dent.

Po­lice have moved to re­as­sure the pub­lic, say­ing it was not a ran­dom as­sault.

Brave passers-by came to the aid of a woman who was be­ing at­tacked in what po­lice are de­scrib­ing as a “tar­geted” in­ci­dent.

The 28-year-old fe­male was at­tacked at around mid­night on Mon­day, July 10 at Farme Cross.

She was cross­ing the road when the man ap­proached her from be­hind and car­ried out the at­tack.

Two cy­clists and two men were walk­ing in the area and came to the woman’s aid, caus­ing the sus­pect to flee up Cam­bus­lang Road.

The lady did not re­quire to go to hos­pi­tal but has been left badly shaken by the in­ci­dent. She made her way home where she then con­tacted po­lice.

Ruther­glen Po­lice have moved to re­as­sure the pub­lic, say­ing they be­lieve it was not a ran­dom at­tack and the vic­tim had been tar­geted.

They are now hunt­ing for the man re­spon­si­ble and are urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

A num­ber 18 bus travelling from Glas­gow city cen­tre to­wards East Kil­bride was also in the area around the time of the in­ci­dent.

In­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie of Ruther­glen Po­lice moved to re­as­sure the pub­lic.

He said: “Po­lice in­quiries are con­tin­u­ing.

“We are fol­low­ing a pos­i­tive line of in­quiry and this does not ap­pear to be a ran­dom at­tack. We be­lieve it is a tar­geted at­tack.

“People should not be alarmed in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent.”

The sus­pect is de­scribed as white, aged be­tween 20 and 30 with a slim build and dark short hair.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Blair Car­son said: “A young woman has been left ex­tremely up­set by this in­ci­dent and it’s im­per­a­tive we trace the man re­spon­si­ble.

“I am ap­peal­ing to any­one who was in that area of Ruther­glen around the time of the in­ci­dent to call us, in par­tic­u­lar the people who came to the young woman’s aid.

“Any in­for­ma­tion could prove sig­nif­i­cant and lead us to lo­cat­ing the man re­spon­si­ble.”

De­tec­tives con­tinue to re­view CCTV footage for any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on the sus­pect and the in­ci­dent.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact of­fi­cers at East Kil­bride Po­lice Sta­tion via 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 1259 of July 11, 2017.

Al­ter­na­tively, call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 where in­for­ma­tion can be given anony­mously.

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At­tack Po­lice be­lieve the vic­tim of a Farm Cross at­tack was tar­geted

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