A TEENAGE girl has been sexually assaulted by a man who pulled her into a wood.

The attacker grabbed the 17-year-old as she walked in Bank Street, Irvine, at about 8.55pm on Thursday, police said. He pulled her into a wooded area where he sexually assaulted her, then ran off a short time later after a passer-by heard the girl shouting.

Police Scotland have appealed for information about the incident in the North Ayrshire town.

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Detective Inspector Scott McClelland, of Saltcoats police office, said: "The suspect was last seen making his way into Patterson Avenue, Irvine, and anyone who saw him or recognises his description should contact police as a matter of urgency."

The attacker is about 20 and of Asian appearance with a very slim build. He was wearing a long-sleeved navy blue-coloured shirt and black trousers. He spoke with a local accent.