A teenage girl has been raped in a wooded area near Bothwell Castle.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area after the incident took place on Wednesday between 5.45pm and 7.30pm.

The girl was in a well-visited location near the Clyde Walkway in South Lanarkshire with friends. 

After breaking away from the group, she was approached by a man in his twenties.

“I am appealing to members of the public who may have been in the area around the relevant time on Wednesday night to think back and consider if they saw this man," said Detective Inspector David Lamont.

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The man is described as white, in his 20s, with a slim build and a shaved head. 

At the time, he was wearing a red t-shirt and blue shorts. 

He was riding a black mountain bike with green neon writing on the frame and tyres. It is also fitted with mudguards to the front and rear wheels.

DI Larmont said: "The bike was fairly distinctive in colour so you may remember seeing it.

"If you have any information regarding the incident, the suspect or the bike, please pass your information on.

"Any small detail could prove vital as we piece together the circumstances of what has happened."

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He continued: “I’m aware that local people will be concerned by this incident and I would like to assure them that additional patrols are in the area to offer reassurance and anyone with concerns can approach these officers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at Blantyre Police Station via 101, quoting incident number 1806 of May 21 2020.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where you can provide information anonymously.

Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.​