Glasgow & West Scotland

Fresh appeal over 14-year-old raped on Glasgow bus

Buses at Silverburn
Image caption The attack happened after the victim and another girl boarded the bus at Silverburn

Detectives investigating the rape of a 14-year-old girl on a bus in Glasgow have appealed for two men who came to the aid of the victim to contact them.

The attack happened on the top deck of the number 57 bus as it left the Silverburn shopping centre in Pollok at about 22:30 on Friday 22 March.

The girl was said to have spoken to two white men, who then raped her.

Officers said they wanted to speak to two Asian men, both aged about 19, who helped the girl.

The victim got on the bus with another 14-year-old girl at Silverburn, She then went upstairs and began speaking with the two suspects, who subjected her to a serious sexual assault.

Police inquiries have established there were four other witnesses on the top deck of the bus when the suspects boarded in the city centre.

These witnesses were all white males, one of whom may have been aged about 13.

Detectives said they were keen to speak to all of these people "as a matter of urgency".

Officers have been gathering and reviewing CCTV images in an effort to find out more information about the suspects.

There have also been increased high visibility patrols in the area and uniform and CID officers spoke with members of the public in Silverburn on Friday night to try to identify any more potential witnesses.

Det Ch Insp Stephen Grant, from Greater Glasgow CID, said: "Following our appeal, we have received a positive response from the public with information which officers are investigating and following up.

"However, there are still people who were on the bus that we need to speak to. In particular, we are keen to talk to the two young Asian men who helped the young woman and a further four males who were on the top deck.

"At the moment we don't know where the two Asian men got off the bus but I am appealing directly to them, and to the other four witnesses, to get in touch with us.

"Any one of them could provide key information which could prove vital to our investigation and help us trace the suspects involved in this crime."

Spiky hair

The men suspected of attacking the girl were described as being white and about 18-20 years old.

One of them had a shaved head, was about 5ft 10in tall and wearing a black jumper.

The other had brown spiky hair and was wearing a tracksuit, which was possibly grey, with a body warmer or jacket.

At the time, bus operator First Glasgow said: "Our driver was not aware of the assault. Unfortunately, the incident took place on the top deck of the bus and therefore out of our driver's eyeline and no-one on board approached our driver to report a disturbance.

"The driver ejected the two males in question sometime later in the journey - this was due to separate unruly behaviour."

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