Tayside and Central Scotland

Woman sexually assaulted in Falkirk

A woman was sexually assaulted by a man who followed her into an alleyway in Falkirk.

The attacker started up a conversation with the woman in Wallace Street and offered to walk with her in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He later followed her into an alleyway and assaulted her, police said.

He is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall with blonde or brown short hair and a pale complexion.

He wore a light grey coloured jacket. spoke with a local accent and had a gaunt appearance.

Det Sgt Steven Hoggan said: "This was an extremely alarming attack that brought significant distress to the victim.

"We are working closely with her as part of an extensive investigation into this very serious incident and I wish to pay tribute to the tremendous bravery she has shown in coming forward and reporting this crime.

"I'm appealing to anyone who lives or was in the area during the early hours of Saturday and who may have seen this man or remembers any suspicious behaviour to come forward immediately.

"Also, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect is asked to contact police."

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