Glasgow & West Scotland

Girl, 14, raped while walking home

A 14-year-old girl was left so traumatised after being attacked and raped while walking home that she was only able to contact police more than a year later, detectives have said.

The victim left a friend's house in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow on the evening of 15 December 2011.

She was walking on a footpath near the Donald Dewar Sports Centre when a man approached and started talking to her.

He then forced her into an alleyway, pushed her to the ground and raped her.

Strathclyde Police said the girl had been subjected to a "horrifying ordeal" that had left her traumatised. She was only able to contact police last month to report the attack.

Despite the passage of time, a team of detectives is carrying out extensive inquiries into the crime, which happened between 20:00 and 21:30.

Distinctive tattoo

Her attacker has been described as white, aged between 40 and 50 years old, of stocky build, with short dark brown hair.

He was wearing a grey jogging suit and a red puffa jacket. He also had a distinctive tattoo on his right thigh of a ship's steering wheel and an Armani stud earring in his left ear.

Det Insp Dougie McKinlay, who is leading the inquiry, appealed for people to think back and consider if they recognised the description of the suspect, or if they could remember if they were in the area at the time.

He said: "This young girl was subjected to a horrifying ordeal, and has been left so traumatised and devastated by it that she only found the courage to come forward to police last month. We are ensuring that the young girl is being given the support she requires at this difficult time.

"I appreciate some time has passed since the crime occurred, but I am asking people to think back, check their diaries, would you have been in that area then, do you go to or did you attend the Donald Dewar gym around that time?

"Do you recognise the description of the suspect? Did you see a man fitting that description around the areas of Cloan Avenue, Garscadden Road or Southdeen Park? Any detail or information which you may remember could be vital in this investigation and I would appeal for people to get in touch with us. We need to identify and trace this man as soon as possible."