Police are hunting for a man who sexually assaulted a woman aged 60 in Wilsontown, Forth, on Sunday.
About 3.40pm the woman was walking her dog in the woodland near the Schoolhouse in Wilsontown.
The man then approached her and subjected her to a sexual assault.
The woman was alone at the time of the incident and was left badly shaken. She made her way to relatives, and police were called.
The police said today, Monday, that “significant” enquiries were taking place to trace the suspect, who is described as white European, approximately 24 - 27 years old, with fair hair and a pale complexion. At the time he was wearing a navy blue hooded top, with red or brown writing on it, and pale grey jogging trousers.
Pc James Higgins, of Police Scotland stated: “The area is popular with locals. However, at this time the victim was alone and unable to summon help.
“People quite rightly should have every right to feel safe when relaxing outside.
“However, when exercising alone, take practical steps to avoid isolated areas, and keep to busier areas.
“Anyone wishing security or safety advice can contact me on 01555552406 and I will gladly assist.”
Witnesses and those with information are sought.
Anyone with any information can contact DC Karen Murray at Wishaw Police office on 01698 202660, or Police Scotland 101 in confidence.