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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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Police appeal for witnesses to sexual assault claim

Police are appealing for witnesses to a report of a serious sexual assault in Kendal.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on Saturday afternoon (9th March), between 5pm and 6pm.

A 22-year-old woman was approached by a man in the town centre and it is believed she was then sexually assaulted in the Angel Yard area of the town.

A 29-year-old local man is being questioned in connection with the offence and remains in police custody.

“It is alleged that a serious sexual assault occurred in Kendal town centre on Saturday afternoon in a yard leading from Highgate.

"Were you shopping in Kendal on Saturday afternoon or making your way home from work?

"Do you remember seeing a man and woman together in a yard off Highgate? Did you hear or see something suspicious?

“The assault occurred in a public place and we believe that there will have been someone in the area who will have heard or seen something.

“A 29 year old local man has been arrested in connection with the allegation.

– Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi, Cumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police.

Former Cumbrian vicar accused of sexual assault

A former Cumbrian vicar has appeared at Carlisle Crown Court accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Andrew John Folks, who used to be a vicar at Great Langdale in the Lake District, faces two charges of indecently assaulting the boy.

Mr Folks only spoke to confirm his name, before the case was adjourned. He was remanded on bail and will be asked to enter his please at his next court appearance on 4th March.

Sexual assault in Penrith

Part of Penrith was cordoned off today as police launched an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on a woman.

The 33 year old was attacked as she walked home alone just before five o'clock this morning.

It happened in the town's De Whelpdale Lane area.

Police say the victim was not injured but has been left shocked by the incident.

Officers searched the scene this morning and are also studying CCTV footage of the area.

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