Police hunt serial sex attacker in Livingston

Police have issued a warning to women in the area. Picture: Julie Bull

Police have issued a warning to women in the area. Picture: Julie Bull

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DETECTIVES are hunting a serial sex offender linked to two indecent assaults in Livingston within the last month.

Police believe a terrifying sex attack on a 27-year-old woman in her own home last Wednesday is connected to an indecent assault on a woman in her rear garden just half a mile away.

The latest news comes as officers issue a warning to women in the Livingston to be vigilant when walking alone at night.

Detectives today reveal the link after analysis of crime patterns show similar hallmarks between the cases.

The sex attacker launched a late night assault on a woman at the garden of a house in Scott Brae on April 8. He struck at around 5.20am but fled into a wooded area when the victim screamed out.

Just one month later it is believed the same man entered the house of a woman in Orchard Place – around half a mile away from the initial attack – and sexually assaulted the occupant in her own own.

Police are understood to have boosted patrols around Livingston since the attacks came to light.

The attacker is described as white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in in height, short dark hair, pointed features and wearing a grey coloured hoodie.

Lead investigator, detective superintendent Pat Campbell from Police Scotland said: “Following new information, we are now in a position where we can link these two indecent assaults that occurred in Livingston over the course of a month.

“We are fully committed to catching this perpetrator, but I would advise women to take care when walking alone at night in Livingston, and to report any suspicious behaviour they may have noticed.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11