Appeal for witnesses following indecent assault in Bathgate

Lothian and Borders Police has appealled for witnesses after a young woman was indecently assaulted by a man in Bathgate on Friday evening.

The 19-year-old and her friend were walking along Edinburgh Road, Bathgate, about 9.35pm when they were aware of a man approaching them near the Fairway Hotel.

When he got closer he grabbed the victim’s leg before he ran off in the opposite direction from the young women.

Inquiries are at an early stage with officers currently working to identify any CCTV coverage in the area.

The suspect is described as being 5ft 4ins tall, balding, with hair at the sides and carrying a white plastic bag. He may have had quite dark or tanned skin.

A police spokesman said: “This has been very distressing for the young woman and we would appeal for anyone who may have information about the incident or recognises the description of the suspect to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.