POLICE were today continuing to investigate a ‘distressing’ sexual assault on a young woman as she made her way home from a nightclub.
The victim, who is in her 20s was walking home alone in the early hours of Saturday morning when she was attacked by a man off the Loan Path running between Sutherland Way and Waverley Crescent, Livingston.
The assault happened sometime between 2am and 4am. Following the incident, the victim made her way home, and police were called.
Officers cordoned off the scene yesterday while examinations took place and were carrying out inquiries in the area. Additional patrols were also put in place order to provide reassurance to the public, and police are urging anyone with information to make contact.
It is understood the woman screamed for help, and residents who may have heard her have been asked to come forward.
The attacker is described as white, early 20’s, 6 foot tall, slim build, short dark brown hair wearing dark coloured jeans and a cream coloured top.
Detective Inspector Derek Long, from Police Scotland, said: “The victim had been in the Grand Central nightclub last night, and on leaving made her way home via the path that runs near Camps Rigg and Raeburn Rigg, adjacent to the main Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line, and then parallel to Waverley Crescent.
“It was when she reached the stretch of walkway running between Waverley Crescent and Sutherland Way - known locally as the Loan Path - she was assaulted.
“As you can imagine the victim has been left in a state of shock and distress as a result of her ordeal, and we are appealing for any information that can help our inquiries.
“It is possible that the suspect had also been in Grand Central nightclub last night, and we want anyone who was in the nightclub, who thinks they saw him there, to get in touch immediately.
“We are also keen to speak to any local residents living near the scene who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning. We believe the victim had screamed during the assault, and we are keen to speak to residents - particularly those in Waverley Crescent, which is nearby - who may have information that can assist us.
“Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”