Clothing Appeal Issued By Police Investigating Rape

Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Renfrewshire have asked for help in tracing discarded clothing.

The 27-year-old was approached from behind by a man on a pathway between Byres Road and Glenmalloch Place in Elderslie when she was struck him, causing her to fall over.

Police Scotland say the man then subjected her to a serious sexual assault.

The man is described as white, aged between 35 and 50, of medium to stocky build and with dark hair receding on top. He was wearing dark trousers and a light t-shirt.

Police have asked the public to check gardens and bins for any discarded items.

Detective Inspector Louise Harvie said: ''As part of this ongoing investigation, officers have carried out a full search of the area.

''As a result of these enquiries, it has been established that the woman's trousers are missing.

''Officers are, therefore, asking local residents in that area to check their gardens and bins for any item of discarded clothing which they don't recognise as belonging to them.

''Officers have been carrying out extensive enquiries in the local area including door-to-door inquiries and are reviewing CCTV footage from the surrounding areas.

''The man responsible must be traced and I would re-appeal to anyone with information that may assist this ongoing enquiry.''

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