A woman was sexually assaulted in Falkirk in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The incident happened at around 2.45am in the town’s Wallace Street when she was approached by a man she didn’t know.
He began a conversation and offered to walk her to her door.
However, when they arrived at the woman’s home she couldn’t find her keys. The man tried to force open the door but was unsuccessful.
She then left the building to look for the keys. The man followed and as she walked along an alleyway he sexually assaulted her.
CID officers in Falkirk are now investigating and want to hear from anyone who can help identify the suspect.
He is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, with short blonde/brown hair, a pale complexion and a gaunt appearance. He was wearing a light grey jacket and spoke with a local accent.
Detective Sergeant Steven Hoggan said: “This was an extremely alarming attack that brought significant distress to the victim. We are working closely with her as part of an extensive investigation into this very serious incident and I wish to pay tribute to the tremendous bravery she has shown in coming forward and reporting this crime.
“Today I’m appealing to anyone who lives or was in the area during the early hours of Saturday and who may have seen this man or remembers any suspicious behaviour to come forward immediately.”
Anyone with information that can help with the investigation is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.