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Woman raped in busy city centre street

AN MSP has demanded more police patrols following the rape of a woman in a busy city centre street.

CRIME SCENE: A policeman guards a  cordon at Brunswick Street yesterday.
CRIME SCENE: A policeman guards a cordon at Brunswick Street yesterday.

Labour MSP Anne McTaggart is also asking for "questions to be answered" following the attack, which is the latest in a series of sexual assaults across Glasgow in the last month.

The assault on a 24-year-old woman happened on Brunswick Street in Merchant City, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police cordoned off the street until after 6pm last night and are currently reviewing CCTV images of the area in a bid to find the attacker.

Tonight, hundreds of people are expected to take part in a midnight walk near the scene of two attacks that happened last month in the city's south side.

Support group Rape Crisis ­Scotland said it was "very concerned" to hear of another attack.

Ms McTaggart said she would "definitely" urge police to ramp up patrols.

She added: "There is somebody on the loose at the moment and there have been incidents coming fairly rapidly.

"It's frightening and shocking. I am going to be asking exactly what measures they will be putting in place for the next couple of months until the person, or persons, are caught. It's an extremely worrying time."

One 27-year-old woman, who who lives near the Merchant City and did not want to be named, said that she did not feel safe any more.

She added: "People feel that somewhere like the Merchant City is safe because there are lots of people and bars.

"However, it seems like nowhere is safe now."

Sandy Brindley, national ­co-ordinator for Rape Crisis ­Scotland, said: "We are very concerned to hear of another attack happening.

"It impacts not only the ­individual affected but it can impact on whole communities in terms of creating a climate of fear."

Campaigners are to take to the streets of Govanhill tonight for an anti-crime protest following the rape of a woman on Dixon Road on May 19.

As reported in our sister newspaper the Evening Times, discussions have been taking place about installing CCTV cameras in the area.

A week prior to the incident, a 33-year-old woman was gang-raped by a group of Asian men on Edinbeg Avenue in nearby Toryglen.

Officers are also still hunting for a sex attacker who approached a woman as she walked into Glasgow Green on April 19.

A 40-year-old man is due to appear in Glasgow Sheriff Court today in connection with another alleged sexual attack which took place in Kelvingrove Park on May 30.

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