Police continue hunt for Dumfries sex attacker

POLICE continue to investigate a serious sexual assault which took place on the outskirts of Dumfries in the early hours on Sunday 9 September, and are appealing to anyone in the region who may have been in the area at the time.

A team of detectives and uniformed officers are currently engaged in enquiries into this crime and are still appealing to the public for assistance.

Detective Chief Inspector Stevie Carr said: “Thankfully this type of crime is very rare in Dumfries and Galloway and the team are working hard in order to identify and arrest the offender. This was a horrific attack on a lone female as she made her way home along the A711 road out of Dumfries after a night out with friends.”

“The 30 year old woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault in the area of Cargenbridge, just outside Dumfries. We know that the public can help us in this investigation.

“The victim, who was wearing a short dark coloured dress and has blond hair left the town centre and made her way along Whitesands, across Buccleuch Street Bridge, up Laurieknowe and out the Castle Douglas Road, onto the Dalbeattie Road and then the A711 to Cargenbridge where the attack happened on the outskirts of the village on the Dalbeattie side.

“I want to hear from anyone who may have used the A711 late on Saturday night or into the early hours of Sunday 9th September. We understand that a number of vehicles, including taxis used that road through this period of time as people made their way home after a night out. I feel they hold the key as to who may have been about in the Cargenbridge area at that time. I would urge anyone who may have been there and has information they believe may assist us to give us a call. The smallest piece of information might just be the one piece that helps us catch this dangerous offender.”

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact police on 0845 600 5701 or any police officer. Information can also be left with the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Crime prevention advice can be found on our police website www.dg.police.uk.