Appeal following attempted sexual assault in Whitburn

Published 06 December 2018

Police in West Lothian are investigating following an attempted sexual assault in Blaeberry Hill Park, Whitburn.

The incident happened around 7pm on Friday, November 30, when a 47-year-old woman was walking her dog in the direction of Raeburn Crescent. 

She was confronted by a man who appeared to come from the bushes area next to where she was walking.  He approached her from behind and placed his hand over her mouth. 

Following a short struggle the woman broke free and the suspect made off in the direction of Mansewood Crescent.   The victim believes the man was waiting for her as she did not hear him on the path beforehand.

Police were contacted and officers are now appealing for witnesses.

The suspect is described as a white man in the twenties or thirties.  He is around 5ft 6” with a slim to average build.  He was wearing a dark hooded top, dark trousers and woollen gloves.

Detective Inspector Paul Batten of Livingston’s Criminal Investigation Department said:  “This was a frightening and potentially very serious attack.

“We are eager to trace the man responsible as soon as possible.  I would ask anyone who was in the Blaeberry Hill Park area of Whitburn on the evening of Friday, November 30, and saw anything suspicious, to get in touch with us.”

“I would also ask anyone who has a CCTV camera in the Blaeberry Hill Park area to contact us and allow officers to view any relevant footage.”

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