Sex attack in Galashiels

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious sexual assault on Friday night.

Man in court over alleged sex assault

A man's been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with a serious sexual assault in Galashiels.

32-year-old Darren Richardson from Galashiels made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court and his case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Kevin Drummond pending his next appearance on Tuesday, August 27.

The court appearance follows an incident in the Langlee area of Galashiels on Friday night when a woman was allegedly subjected to a serious sexual assault in her own home.

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Sustained attack in woman's home

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in her home in the Langlee area at around 10pm on Friday 16th August.

A 36-year-old woman was at home in Beech Avenue when a man entered the property and attacked her for a sustained period before making his escape.

The suspect is described as beingwhite, 5ft 7ins tall with a skinny build, dirty blond hair and a tattoo on the back of his neck. He had a burn mark on his right forearm and a cut on his right index finger. The man was wearing blue jeans, a blue striped top and is believed to have been drinking.

Detective Inspector Derek Long from the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division said:

"The victim has been subjected to a sustained and violent attack within her own home by an unknown male and a major police investigation has been launched to trace this individual.

"We have an excellent description of the suspect and hope the Galashiels community can help us identify him and bring him to justice. He is known to have been in this area throughout Friday evening and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

– Police Scotland

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