A woman was sexually assaulted after being grabbed by a man last night.
Police say that the 21-year-old was walking along Church Street at around 8pm when a man approached her from behind.
He pulled her into a doorway where he sexual assaulted her.
But police say she eventually managed to fight him off
The attacker is described as white, bald, between 30- 40 years old, around 5 ft 7 inches in height, with a medium build and stubble.
He was wearing a royal-blue hooded top, which was pulled down and had white tassels attached and blue denim jeans.
Detectives have been studing CCTV and say they have identified at least five people in the area at the time who could provide them with vital information.
They are a group of four people and another person who was walking a dog along King Street at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
A man who sexually assaulted a teenager during a train journey in the Lake District has been jailed.
Linley Hassan, 26, who is deaf and unable to speak, sat beside the girl in an otherwise empty carriage and wrote her unwanted notes before the late night attack on January 7.
A drunken Hassan then tried to cuddle the 16-year-old, but when she turned away, he placed his hand on the inside of her thigh.
At Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Hassan pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the teenager.
He was sent to prison for six months by Judge Paul Batty QC, who had heard how the victim "froze" as she was attacked.
"This was a terrifying incident for a young girl on a train," the judge told him.
Hassan, latterly of Castle Street, Kendal, must comply with sex offender notification requirements for the next 10 years.
A West Cumbrian man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison today for sexual offence against women and girls spanning a 12-year period.
58-year-old Stephen Taylor of Leconfield Street, Cleator Moor, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court, and was charged with:
- Nine counts of rape
- Six counts of serious sexual assault
- Four counts of indecent assault
His victims were aged between 12 and 24.
He came to the attention of police in July 2013 when one of his victims confided in a friend, who then reported him.
The police, who described his actions as "shocking", have thanked those involved for their bravery in coming forward.
Cumbria police are encouraging anyone who would like to report an assault to contact them.
Cumbria Police are investigating a serious sexual offence in Dalton-on-Furness in the early hours of Friday 6th February.
They're asking anyone who was in either the Golden Ball pub or the Horse and Jockey pub the evening before (Thursday 5th February) to contact them.
They're also asking anyone that was in Tudor square that saw either a lone man or a man and woman walk in the direction of George Romney School to get in touch by calling 101 or Crimestoppers Anonymous on 0800555111.
Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault that occurred on a bus travelling from Workington to Penrith on Friday 5th December 2014.
The alleged offence took place on the X4 Stagecoach bus at some time between 1pm and 3pm.
Enquiries are at an early stage and the exact circumstances are still being established.
The victim, a female in her twenties from the local area, is being supported by trained officers.
She was sitting to the rear of the coach at the time of the assault.
Anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious, is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to DC Jessica Edgar.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
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.
A 32 year-old man is due to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday 19th of August after being charged with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Galashiels on Friday night.
The woman was attacked in her home in the Langlee area of the town.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a report of serious sexual assault in the Langlee area of Galashiels on Friday 16th August.He is scheduled to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday 19th August.
A police spokesman said a man is scheduled to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.
Police Scotland say that a man has now been detained in connection with the attack.