A TEENAGE girl was dragged into the woods and sexually assaulted by a man in the city's south side.

Between 8pm and 9pm on Tuesday, the 17-year-old was walking near woodland at Cathkin Road, next to the B759 road, when she was approached by the man walking a dog.

He spoke to the young woman, engaging her in conversation, before dragging her into the woods and sexually assaulting her. The suspect then made off in the direction of Cathkin Braes Golf Club.

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He is white, between 30 and 40 years of age, short dark hair, bushy eyebrows, a large nose and a local accent.

He was wearing light grey coloured tracksuit trousers and a cream or off-white coloured puffa jacket.

Detective Sergeant Jamie Campbell said: "Although this is a B road, it can be pretty busy with cars and the area is used a lot by walkers and runners. There is also a cycle track close to the location of the incident and I am appealing to people who use the area to think back and consider if they noticed anything on Tuesday night.

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"Perhaps you saw something which seemed a little odd at the time which you dismissed. Now that you know a crime has occurred your information could prove vital.

"I would urge anyone with any information to please get in touch with us, no matter how insignificant you think the information may be, let us be the judge and pass it on."

Additional patrols have been put in place to reassure residents.

Officers continue to carry out enquiries and specialist search officers have been examining the area for any forensic opportunities.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.