Police are appealing for information after a serious sexual assault took place on a woman as she walked alone in the early hours of...

Police are appealing for information after a serious sexual assault took place on a woman as she walked alone in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The woman was walking along Merksworth Way, Paisley, when she was approached by a man who pushed her to the ground and assaulted her.

After the attack, she managed to get help from the residents of a nearby house and police were called.

The 40-year-old victim was taken by ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where she was treated and has since been released.

The assault happened around 2.20am on Sunday 27th November 2016.

Her attacker is described as male, white, 5 ft 7 in height, well-built, dark spiky hair and is believed to have an Eastern European accent. He was wearing a dark hooded top – which he had up – and jeans. He ran off in the direction of the airport after the attack.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area and anyone with any information or concerns can speak to those officers.

Detective Inspector Louise Harvie, Paisley Police Office, said today: “Merksworth Way is one of three streets with a grassy area joining them all. The lady was cutting across the path in that grassy area when she was attacked by the man.

“She hadn’t seen anybody about and just remembers him approaching her and then attacking her.

“Thankfully the woman got help from someone in one of the houses nearby and police were called.

“The area is residential so it’s possible that someone may have heard either a disturbance or shouting that was out of the ordinary. Either that or they may have seen the man hanging about the area.

“This was a terrifying attack for the lady to go through. It is vital we catch this man, so if you have any information that you may think will help police with their enquiries, then please contact Paisley Police Office via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence. ”