Police have launched a public appeal for information after a teenager was raped in Linwood after being approached by two young men.
The attack, which has been described as a ‘horrendous experience’ by Police, happened early on New Year’s Day in Atholl Place.
The victim, a 16-year-old girl, was at a house party and made her way outside with a friend. The friend left and the victim was approached by two young men. One of the young men then subjected her to a serious sexual assault before making off from the area.
The first man has been described as wearing a green/blue hooded top, thought to be a camouflage design, whilst the other wore a dark coloured jacket and a light blue polo top. Both had local accents.
The victim reported the incident to police and extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.
Detective Inspector Ian Ross from the Divisional Rape Investigation Unit based at Paisley said: “Prior to the incident the victim had been bringing in the New Year at a house party with her friends, all of whom were inside when it happened.
“She has been left traumatised by the ordeal and it is absolutely vital that we trace the despicable individual responsible.
“Many residents in Atholl Place will have still been awake celebrating the start of 2018 at the time of the incident and I would ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, or noticed two young men matching the above descriptions, to please get in touch.
“I would also appeal directly to the companion of the young man involved to come forward and report what he knows to the police. The victim has been through a horrendous experience which she will have to live with for the rest of her life. The person responsible has no place in our community and must be arrested as soon as possible.
“Whilst concerning, I would like to reassure the local community that this is an isolated incident and our specialist officers will do everything they can to find the perpetrator and bring him to justice.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact the Divisional Rape Investigation Unit based at Paisley via 101, quoting incident number 2011 of 7 January 2018. Alternatively, you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”
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