An investigation has been launched following a serious sexual assault on a woman in the Borders town of Hawick. Police have stepped up patrols in the Burnfoot housing estate to re-assure the local community after receiving a report of the attack.
Enquiries are ongoing into the incident which happened at a flat in Chay Blyth Place during the early hours of Sunday morning and an appeal has been issued for any witnesses to come forward. A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said:
"Officers continue to investigate the full circumstances surrounding this incident and we have deployed high-visibility patrols in the area to engage with the local community and offer reassurance. The public should continue to go about their daily routine but report any suspicious activity to the police."
– Lothian and Borders Police
Anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw or heard anything suspicious, should contact the police on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.
Police have released an e-fit of a man they are seeking in connection with an assault which occurred on Monday 21st may, shortly after 7:30 pm.
A woman stopped her car to offer help at a lay-by between Stainburn and Brigham in the direction of Cockermouth after being flagged down by a man.
The man got into her car pulled her hair and ordered her to go to Workington, When they got to the Stainburn roundabout the man left. Apart form the shock of the incident the female was otherwise uninjured.
The man is described as approximately 20 years old, 5 ft 9" tall, slim build with short dark hair wearing black trousers and a black jacket with a hood. The victim said he did not have a local accent.
DCI Keith Capstick, said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the victim and we would appeal for anyone who recognizes the man in this e-fit, or who saw a man fitting this description in the Brigham area or later in the Stainburn area sometime between 7:45 pm and 8:10 pm.
He has somehow got to the lay-by in the first place and someone may have seen him or given him a lift before the incident. "If you think this is you, then please contact us so we can eliminate you from our enquiries.
"The victim was trying to be a good Samaritan by helping someone who she thought needed assistance. This is an isolated incident and we do not want the public to feel unsafe, but we urge caution when stopping for anyone who you don't know."
Police in Workington are investigating an assault which occurred shortly after 7:30 pm on Monday evening.
The victim, a woman aged 33, was driving her car between Stainburn and Brigham towards Cockermouth. As she passed a lay-by she was flagged down by a man and she stopped to offer assistance.
The man entered her vehicle and told her to turn around and drive towards Workington. In order to make the her comply the man pulled her hair. The man was taken to Workington and got out of the car in the area of Stainburn roundabout. Apart from the shock the female was uninjured as a result.
The male is described as about 20 years old, not a local accent, 5’9’’ tall, slim build, with short dark hair wearing black trousers and a black jacket with a hood.
“We are appealing for witnesses to help us catch this man. He has somehow got to the lay-by in the first place and someone may have seen him or given him a lift before the incident.
“He left Stainburn on foot sometime between 7:45 and 8:10 pm and someone may have seen him. The victim is obviously shaken by the incident after she had stopped as a Good Samaritan.
A 34 year old man is in a critical condition after being assaulted outside Outrageous nightclub in English Street, Carlisle just before 2 am. The victim suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary but his condition worsened and he was transferred to Newcastle RVI.
A 26 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Police are appealing for witnesses who saw the assault, or the circumstances leading up to it, to contact them by phoning 101 and asking for Carlisle CID.
A 21 year old woman has been assaulted in Carlisle while celebrating her birthday. The young woman was approached by a man and a woman, spat at, punched in the face pulled to the floor and kicked in the head.
It happened outside the Outrageous Bar in Carlisle at 2am on Friday 23rd March.
The victim was admitted into the Cumberland Infirmary, it's thought she suffered a broken nose.
An 18 year old man and a 19 year old woman were arrested on Friday 23rd March 2012 on suspicion of GBH . They have been interviewed and released on police bail until 19th May 2012 .