13-year-old girl raped in Cambuslang park

Police have appealed for witnesses after a 13-year-old girl was raped in Cambuslang.

The assault happened after 21:00 on Thursday 6 June, but details have only now been made public.

The girl was attacked by a man wearing a grey t-shirt and blue jeans as she walked home through Greenlees Park.

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It left her so traumatised and so terrified that it's taken her this time to muster up the courage to come and tell the police about it”

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The suspect was aged 40 to 50, with a local accent, over 6ft tall, of slim build and had a large nose. He had short, dark, hair which was greying.

Police said he may have been injured as a result of the victim putting up a fight.

Det Ch Insp Paul Livingstone said: "She did put up a struggle, she was screaming and shouting for help, it's possible that she's injured this man.

"If anybody out there knows of a man who's matching this description and has all of a sudden got fresh injuries on or after 6 June this year, please phone us."

The detective pointed out that the attack happened the night before Scotland played Croatia in the World Cup qualifiers, hoping that piece of information may help trigger people's memories.

He also appealed for a group of youths, who passed the victim shortly before she was attacked, to get in touch. They had been standing outside a block of flats on Cruachan Road.

"It's possible they hold some vital information," said Det Ch Insp Livingstone said.

"They may well have seen the young girl's attacker and I'm really appealing for them to come forward because they may well just hold that vital bit of evidence that could greatly assist this investigation."

'Horrendous crime'

The senior officer said the victim took some time to come forward to the authorities because she had been left so traumatised by the attack.

He said: "It was such a horrific incident that the girl had to endure that it left her so traumatised and so terrified that it's taken her this time to muster up the courage to come and tell the police about it.

"She's getting the full support of family and the police are putting all the support mechanisms in place.

Police said there was nothing to indicate that the girl knew the man who attacked her, and reassured the public that such incidents are isolated.

Det Ch Insp Livingstone said patrols had been stepped up in and around the park and urged anyone with information to come forward.

"However insignificant you feel this information is, please pass it on to us," he said. "We'll act on it, let us decide. It could be it's just the key we're looking for to identify who's committed this horrendous crime and bring this person to justice."

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