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."
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.
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