POLICE are hunting a sex attacker who dragged his victim into bushes in Livingston.
The attack happened in the Ryebank, Ladywell, between 9.45pm and 10.45pm last night.
Police said the victim was assaulted by a man who she had met earlier that evening. She had tried to leave his company, however he followed her from the Newyearfield area into Ryebank where he dragged her into an area of bushes located between two buildings and assaulted her.
She raised the alarm, and he ran off towards the Knightsridge area.
The suspect is described as late 20s to early 30s, white, 5ft 5ins, with facial hair (described as a short beard), and wearing a black and grey hooded top, and a beanie hat.
Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Gray, from Police Scotland, said: “While she suffered no serious injury, the victim has been left understandably distressed as a result of what happened, and we are appealing to anyone with information that can assist our enquiries to come forward.
“We know that the victim walked from the Newyearfield area into the Ryebank area sometime between 9.45pm and 10.45pm, and that she was followed by the suspect.
“The route that she followed is well-used, and we believe that she passed a number of people while she walked there, who may also have passed the suspect.
“We want anyone who remembers seeing the suspect in the area to come forward, likewise anyone who recognises his description, or who has any other information that can help our enquiries, should also get in touch.”
Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.