Elderly woman sexually assaulted at home in Bearsden

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A pensioner has been sexually assaulted by a man who tried to force his way into her home in East Dubartonshire.

The 81-year-old victim stopped him getting into her house in Clathic Avenue, Bearsden, after he pretended to carry out a survey at around 7.35pm on Monday.

He then sexually assaulted her and exposed himself.

Police Scotland are pursuing reports of a similarly described man who was acting aggressively and also trying to force his way into another elderly woman’s property in Oronsay Crescent about an hour earlier.

A man who also fits the same description attempted to gain entry to the same house in Oronsay Crescent at around 8pm on Saturday.

He told the elderly woman, who answered the door, that he was conducting a survey.

The suspect is described as Asian, in his late teens to late 20s, about 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in, of medium build and with dark hair, which was swept to the side.

On both occasions the man left Oronsay Crescent and the woman was not assaulted.

Inspector Ewan Henderson from Kirkintilloch Police Office said: “As a result of these incidents we have increased high-visibility uniformed patrols in the area to help reassure local people.

“We believe the same man was present at the time of all three incidents and I would urge householders to be cautious if someone they are not expecting comes to their door.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area of Clathic Avenue around the time of the assault or in Oronsay Crescent at the time of the earlier incidents to contact Police Scotland.

“If you recognise the description of the man or have information about his identity please get in touch.”

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