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Two Livingston indecent assaults linked

Police have warned women to take care when out alone at night after linking two West Lothian indecent assaults.

Officers are looking for the same man for two attacks in Livingston, one in Orchard Place and the other at a nearby property in Scott Brae.

The first attack took place on 8 April at 05:20 in a rear garden of a house while the Orchard Place attack happened at 03:30 on 7 May.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

Officers believe both attacks were premeditated and think the culprit may have tried to attack other women in the area.

They are keen to hear from other women who think they may have been targeted.

Police want to find a man seen at Orchard Place in the early hours of 7 May.

He was described as white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in with short dark hair and he was wearing a grey hoodie.

During the first incident the woman screamed out and the attacker made off from the back of the property and into a wooded area.

Cigarette smoke

In the second incident the 27-year-old victim woke at about 03:30 to find an intruder in her home in Orchard Place.

He indecently assaulted her before fleeing. The woman immediately called police.

The man was described as white, aged 20 to 30, 5ft 9in to 6ft, of medium build with short, dark brown hair.

He was wearing a light grey big-sized hooded sweatshirt, dark trousers or jeans, black trainers and smelled strongly of cigarette smoke.

Det Supt Pat Campbell, of 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."

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