Top cop: 'We will catch sex attackers'

SCOTLAND'S top police officer warned those behind Glasgow's recent sex attacks there is nowhere for them to hide.

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Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Steve House today pledged to be relentless in his pursuit of the rapists and sex attackers.

He also said finding the culprits one of the force's top priorities.

In a letter to Govanhill Councillor Soryia Siddique, Sir Steve revealed specialist officers from the Violence Reduction Taskforce have been deployed in the area.

He wrote: "I can assure you, this situation is being treated with the highest priority."

His pledge comes after a spate of sex attacks in the South Side.

A 24-year-old woman was attacked by two men in Dixon Road last month.

The rape followed a sexual assault in Dixon Avenue in February.

Also last month, a 33-year-old woman was gang-raped by a group of Asian men in Edinbeg Avenue, in nearby Toryglen.

Sir Stephen said additional street patrols had been provided and vowed to snare those responsible.

He added: "Foot and mobile patrols have been stepped up to reassure local people and deter, as far as possible, any future incidents.

"Community Safety Glasgow has increased warden and mobile CCTV in key areas."

Mounted police have also been drafted in to help curb rising fear of crime in Govanhill.

Ms Siddique has called for a "new strategy" to tackle crime in Govanhill.

She said: "It is important that residents feel safe in the area.

"And there is definitely a degree of anxiety and fear of crime, which has been enhanced by the recent rapes in Toryglen and Govanhill.

"I want to see enhanced policing and focus in Govanhill.

"We need a fresh approach, including detection, engagement and reassurance of residents, to raise confidence within the community."

Police released CCTV footage of two men they want to speak to in connection with the rape the 24-year-old woman

The footage has been uploaded on to YouTube as part of an appeal for both men to come forward.

Both men were seen in Allison Street, near to Cathcart Road, between midnight and 1.30am on May 19.

One has a sallow complexion and very dark hair, and was wearing a dark jumper, trousers and white trainers.

The second also has a sallow complexion and dark hair. He too was wearing dark clothing.

So far, the two males have not been traced.

Authorities released the images just days before almost 5000 protesters staged a midnight through the area to reclaim the streets from crime.

rebecca.gray@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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