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Dog walker raped in Livingston underpass

The underpass Pic Brian Innes
Image caption The woman was raped at the underpass at Grange Road, at the east side of Perth Street, in Craigshill

A dog walker has been raped in West Lothian after she took a short cut through an underpass.

The 28-year-old woman was attacked between 03:20 and 03:45 on Saturday in Livingston.

She had just cut through an underpass at Grange Road, at the east side of Perth Street, in Craigshill, when the man seriously assaulted her.

The man was white, of small build, 25-40 years old, with collar-length black/brown hair.

He was wearing a dark-coloured fleece, a dark-coloured beanie hat with a silver line, and white canvas trainers.

The suspect spoke with a Scottish accent and smelled strongly of body odour and alcohol, it was said.

'Horrific attack'

The victim returned home before attending at St John's Hospital and contacting police.

Officers are now urging witnesses to come forward.

Det Insp Matt Paden, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This has been a horrific attack for the victim to endure and she is now being offered all the support and assistance she requires.

"We are keen to speak with anyone who was in or around the underpass in the Perth Street area in the early hours of Saturday morning and remembers seeing anything suspicious.

"We are particularly keen to trace a witness who may have been in the area with two dark Labrador-type dogs and would ask this individual to contact police immediately.

"Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our inquiries is also asked to get in touch."

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