POLICE have given a description of a man who raped a girl in Dawsholm Park. 

The suspect is described as possibly mixed race, tall, average build, with short dark curly hair and was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

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An investigation was launched after a 16-year-old girl was seriously sexually assaulted in Dawsholm Park at around 8pm on Monday, June 1. 

Detective Inspector Gerry Shovlin is appealing for anyone who was in the park around that time to come forward.

He said: "Specialist trained officers have been supporting the girl and additional officers have been searching the area, checking CCTV and carrying out enquires within Dawsholm Park and the surrounding area since this was reported.

"Because of the weather that day the park was busy with people so I am appealing to anyone who was in the area, particularly between 8 pm and 9 pm, who may have seen anything that could assist our investigation to come forward.

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"It doesn't matter if you think it's just minor, your information might just be the detail we are looking for.

"Any information can be passed to police via 101. Please quote reference number 4107 of Monday, June 1 2020, when calling. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

We told yesterday that the horrific incident sparked safety fears in the communities surrounding the North Glasgow park. 

Maryhill councillor John Letford has called for an increased police presence in and around the park, which borders Temple, Maryhill and Bearsden to reassure locals concerned for their safety.

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He said: “This has shocked the wider community and is a very concerning crime. The park is well used by dog walkers, cyclists and those exercising and I would encourage anyone who was in the park on Monday night to contact the police.

“We all need our parks during this extended lockdown, so for this to happen is deeply worrying. Women and girls should be confident in using our parks, without having to worry about their physical safety. The perpetrator should hand himself into the police, and the police should increase their presence locally to offer reassurance.