Police investigate after woman raped on Elderslie footpath

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Police at scene
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Police remained at the scene while investigations were carried out

Police are investigating after a 27-year-old woman was raped on a footpath near a primary school in Renfrewshire.

An area behind Wallace Primary School in the village of Elderslie has been cordoned off.

Police said the woman was walking between Byres Road and Glenmalloch Place at about 20:00 on Monday when a man struck her, causing her to fall over. He then sexually assaulted her.

Detectives have urged anyone with information to come forward.

The suspect was described as white, aged between 35 and 50, with dark hair, receding on top, and of medium to stocky build He appeared clean shaven and was wearing dark trousers with a light T-shirt.

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The lane close to the school was cordoned off

Officers have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries and gathering CCTV footage from around the area.

Det Insp Harvie said: "This area is well used by local people as a shortcut to nearby shops on Main Street, it is also a popular spot for dog walkers. I am appealing to anyone who may have been in or near to the area yesterday evening, perhaps you saw someone acting a little suspiciously, maybe you saw someone running off, any piece of information could assist our enquiries and I would urge you to contact us.

"This incident will no doubt be of concern to local residents, however I would like to reassure them that additional officers are patrolling the area and anyone with any concerns should have no hesitation in speaking to them."

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