Police launch manhunt after teenager assaulted on footpath

The 17-year-old woman was targeted in an area known as ‘The Black Path’ near Currie Road, Galashiels, on Sunday night.

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Police are hunting for a man after a teenager was assaulted on a footpath in the Borders.

The 17-year-old woman suffered a back injury after being attacked in an area known as ‘The Black Path’, near Currie Road, Galashiels at around 8.10pm on Sunday.

The suspect is described as being 5ft 7, slim build, and was wearing a dark top with the hood up, a dark snood, and dark jogging bottoms.

Officers are now investigating the incident as they look to trace the man in connection with the attack.

Detective constable Bruce Dodds, Galashiels CID, said: “This was very frightening for the girl.

“Thankfully she managed to get in touch with her family who took her to hospital where she was treated and has now been discharged.

“Officers are making local enquiries and checking CCTV from the area but are appealing to anyone who may have been walking or driving in the area and has dash cam footage or any information about this incident to contact them.

“If you were in the area between 7.45 pm and 8.30 pm and maybe saw a man fitting the description hanging about the area, or have any details that may help police with their enquiries, then please get in touch.

“Officers will be patrolling the area today so please approach them if you can help.”

Any information to Galashiels CID via 101 quoting reference number 3494 of Sunday 30 January, 2022 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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