Woman, 20, Raped While Walking Home

26 March 2015, 14:02 | Updated: 26 March 2015, 14:56

Police are looking for a man who raped a young woman as she walked home from a train station.

The 20-year-old victim left Uddingston train station in South Lanarkshire at about 10.15pm on Tuesday when a man approached her from behind, forced her into a wooded area close to Castle Gate street and attacked her.

The man then ran off and the woman immediately contacted police.

Officers described the attack as an "horrendous ordeal'' and said it is critical that the man is found quickly.

The suspect is white, aged between 30 and 50, about 5ft 9ins with red hair and red facial hair. He was wearing dark clothing with a hood at the time of the assault.

Officers are checking CCTV in the area and appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

Detective Inspector Tom Carty said: "This was a horrendous ordeal for a young woman to have to experience and it is critical that we trace this man as soon as possible.

"I would like to reassure the community that our officers are doing everything they can to find the person responsible.

"Incidents like this are extremely rare, particularly in this area. However, we need help from members of the public who may have vital information to assist with the investigation.

"We are looking to speak to anyone who was in the area of Uddingston train station, Main Street, Castle Avenue and Castle Gate between 9.15pm and 10.30pm on Tuesday.

"I would urge anyone who was in the surrounding area around that time who may have seen a man matching this description to contact police immediately.

"Officers are continuing enquiries at the scene, analysing available CCTV footage and conducting door-to-door enquiries. If you have any information which can help trace the man responsible, we ask that you get in contact.''

Anyone with information can contact officers on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.