Police appeal after 14-year-old girl followed in ‘suspicious incident’

McAlpine struggled with police
McAlpine struggled with police

Police are appealing after two women were followed by different men in ‘suspicious incidents’ in Livingston.

In one of the incidents reported to the police, a 14-year-old girl was grabbed by the wrist by a man who followed her down a path.

Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses.

At around 8pm on Monday October 23 a 19-year-old woman was approached by a man as she walked along Dechmont Wood path near to Ogilvie Way.

The man came out from a wooded area and followed her along the path, with the woman running from the man after becoming suspcious.

At around 8.40pm. on the same evening, a 14-year-old girl was walking on the footpath that runs alongside the railway track, near to Munro Way, when a male grabbed at her wrist.

The girl screamed and a man walking a dog shouted at the male who ran off towards Morrison Way.

Inquiries are ongoing to identify the suspect and anyone who can assist officers is asked to come forward.

The man involved in the first incident is described as white, early thirties, around 5ft 9ins tall with a slim build, dark scruffy hair and a spotty face. He was wearing a navy blue hoodie top, black trousers, white trainers and was carrying a blue carrier bag.

The suspect for the incident involving the 14-year-old was described as white, in his thirties, 5ft 9ins tall with a slim build and wearing a dark grey hooded top with the hood up, grey bottoms and black shoes.

Detective Sergeant Dennis Langton from Livingston CID said: “Fortunately both victims were uninjured, however extremely distressed by the behaviour and actions of the suspect.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in or around Ogilvie Way or the footpaths near to Munro Way and the railway line on Monday evening.

“In particular, we would like to trace the man who was walking his black Labrador dog and who came to the young girl’s aid, as he may have more information that can help us trace the male responsible.

“If you believe you have any information relevant to this investigation then please get in touch.

“In the meantime, additional high visibility patrols will be undertaken by officers in and around the local area.”

Those with information can contact Livingston Police Station via 101 or alternatively, an anonymous report can be made through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.