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15 May 2014, 14:28
Police in Livingston are linking two sexual assaults that happened a month apart.
The first happened in Scott Brae, and the second in nearby Orchard Place on May 7th.
Around 5.20am on 8th April, a woman was in her back garden in Scott Brae when she was subjected to an indecent assault. When the victim screamed out, the suspect ran off in to woods behind the house.
This incident was brought to light following an analysis of potentially linked incidents similar to the indecent assault at Orchard Place at 3.30am on 7th May.
Police are now appealing to anyone who noticed any suspicious behaviour in the Scott Brae and Orchard Place areas of Livingston over the last five weeks.
Police are particularly keen to trace an unidentified male who was seen near Orchard Place in the early hours of 7th May.
He is described as white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in in height, short dark hair, pointed features and wearing a grey coloured hoodie.
Detective Superintendent Pat Campbell from 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."
Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.