Appeal after woman raped in Paisley lane

Police have appealed for information after a 42-year-old woman was raped in Paisley.

The attack happened almost a month ago, on Tuesday 29 January, between Lansbury Gardens and Larkin Gardens in the Shortroods area.

But detectives said it left the woman so traumatised that she only came forward last week.

She had been walking in the company of the suspect for a short time before the attack took place.

Det Insp David Wagstaff said: "The victim is unable to give us an exact time of when it took place, and therefore I am appealing for anyone who may have been in the area between 16:00 and 19:00 on the afternoon of Tuesday 29 January, who may have witnessed something vital to this investigation to come forward.

"In particular, I am keen to trace a man who shouted at the attacker, as this appeared to disturb him and he ran off."

Door-to-door inquiries

The suspect was described as white, aged 40-45 years, 5ft 8in tall, of slim to medium build with black receding hair which was slightly longer at the back. He had a pierced ear and a scar on his left cheek. He was wearing a grey jumper or hooded top and jeans.

The victim was wearing a fawn jacket and jeans.

A search of the lane has been carried out and officers are conducting door-to-door inquiries.

Det Insp Wagstaff added: "I appreciate that some time has passed since the crime occurred and I would ask people to think back and consider if they recognise the description, or if they can remember if they were in the area at that time, to contact police as soon as possible."

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