Hor­rific rape in city cen­tre lane

Sunday Herald - - 29.10.17 NEWS -

APOLICE investigation is un­der way after a 19-year-old woman was raped in a lane in Glas­gow city cen­tre. The at­tack on the teenager hap­pened on Ren­frew Lane, be­hind the city’s Pavil­ion The­atre in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing.

Of­fi­cers closed the lane be­tween Hope Street and Ren­field Street as they in­ves­ti­gated the scene. Plain clothes of­fi­cers were seen car­ry­ing out in­quiries.

A num­ber of se­ri­ous sex­ual at­tacks have taken place in the lanes be­hind Glas­gow’s main city cen­tre streets in re­cent years, lead­ing to calls for im­prove­ments to make the area safer. Last month a 22-year-old man was sub­jected to a se­ri­ous as­sault in a lane be­tween Parnie Street and the Tron­gate.

Pre­vi­ous pro­pos­als to im­prove safety have in­cluded gat­ing the lanes at night, bet­ter light­ing or de­vel­op­ment. In a 2006 pi­lot, city al­ley­ways iden­ti­fied as crime hotspots were locked ev­ery night.

Ear­lier this month Glas­gow City Coun­cil ap­proved plans to re­gen­er­ate 90 of the city cen­tre lanes over the next 17 months.

A po­lice spokes­woman said: “Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a report of a se­ri­ous sex­ual as­sault, and in­quiries are at an early stage.”

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