Names reported over North Lanarkshire sex attack raid

Crimewatch reconstruction The BBC's Crimewatch programme broadcast a reconstruction of the attack

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Police hunting an armed robber who tied up and sexually assaulted a woman in her North Lanarkshire home have been given names after a television appeal.

The BBC's Crimewatch programme on Wednesday featured a reconstruction of the attack, which took place at a farm near Shotts at 08:30 on 5 September.

Police said they received 10 responses, with three callers passing names, two of whom gave the same name.

The information will now be followed up by the inquiry team.

Det Ch Insp Garry Church, of Police Scotland, said he was "extremely pleased with the public response" following the Crimewatch appeal.

The 32-year-old victim was in her home when a man entered and threatened her with a firearm.

Sex attack

He tied her up and demanded she hand over money. He then subjected her to a sexual assault.

She did not require hospital treatment but was left traumatised by the experience.

The man fled in the family's BMW car, which was found later that day abandoned near to Plains, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

The suspect is described as between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in tall with a stocky build and had tights over his face.

At the time of the attack he was wearing a khaki green army style jumper with patches on the elbows and heavy boots. He is also described as having a noticeable beer belly.

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