Woman raped twice in space of nine days on island as police launch appeal

The two reported incidents allegedly involved the same man on Benbecula.

Woman raped twice in space of nine days on Benbecula island by ‘man with English accent’ iStock

A woman was raped twice in the space of nine days on a Scottish island.

The victim, who is in her 40s, was targeted in the Creagorry area of Benbecula between the evening of Friday, September 8 and the early hours of the following Saturday morning.

Both incidents are alleged to have involved the same unidentified man, said to have spoken with an English accent.

Investigators described the incident as “extremely concerning and unusual” as they launched an appeal for information as part of their probe.

The first incident occurred between 10.30pm on Friday, September 8 and 3am on Saturday, September 9.

The second occurred between 1.15 am and 2.15am on Monday, September 18.

Police Scotland described the suspect as white, around 5ft 8in tall, medium build, clean shave with greyish white hair and an English accent.

Detective Inspector Craig Ross said: “These two reported incidents are obviously extremely unusual for an island community such as Benbecula.

“We are providing support to the woman involved in our investigation to establish the full circumstances.

“I would urge anyone who may have information or who may have seen any suspicious activity to come forward.

“You can call 101, quoting reference 0205 of September 18.”

Chief Inspector Jane Mackenzie, Western Isles area commander, added: “These reports are obviously extremely concerning and we are providing a visible police presence in the area.

“Local officers are supporting and assisting our national colleagues with this investigation. If anyone has any concerns or information then I would urge you to call 101, or approach any of our officers.”

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