Teenage girl, 14, sexually assaulted as she walked along cycle path

Police appealing for witnesses after girl touched inappropriately in Linwood on Saturday night.

Teenage girl, 14, sexually assaulted by man as she walked along cycle path in Renfrewshire iStock
Police are investigating after teenage girl sexually assaulted in Renfrewshire.

A 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she walked along a cycle path in Renfrewshire.

The teenager was walking on a path near the A737 overpass at Kintyre Avenue in Linwood at around 8.30pm on Saturday night.

Police say she was approached by a man who touched her inappropriately.

The suspect is described as a male, between 20 and 30-years-old, of heavy build, with dark hair and wearing dark clothing.

It is believed members of the public were in the area at the time, including people fishing at the Black Cart Water.

Detective inspector Gary Sergeant said: “Although the girl did not require medical treatment, she was left very shaken by what happened.

“Officers have been carrying out enquiries in the surrounding area since this incident.

“We believe the area would have been quite busy with members of the public, including people fishing at the Black Cart Water.

“If you were in the area at the time, please think back and get in touch with us if you have any information which may be able to assist our investigation.

“I am also appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, or a man matching this description, to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting reference number 3488 of Saturday, 23 April, 2022.

Alternatively, details can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.