Two concert-goers were sexually harassed, and one of them sexually assaulted, after they got into a car they mistook for a taxi after a town hall gig at the weekend.
The two women were targeted while heading home after watching Dirty Harry, a Blondie tribute act, at Jedburgh Town Hall on Saturday night, October 22.
The Edinburgh band’s £10-a-ticket show, organised by Jed-Forest Rugby Club, finished at about midnight, and the pair then left the Abbey Place venue in search of a taxi.
It was then that they got into a small, dark-coloured four-door car they mistakenly thought to be a taxi.
During the ensuing journey, the driver and a male passenger made sexual comments to the women and sexually assaulted one of them.
After that ordeal, the women were allowed to get out of the car and left by the roadside in an unspecified rural location nearby.
A passing couple came to their rescue soon afterwards, though, picking them up and giving them a lift home.
Police are now appealing for potential witnesses to the incident to come forward to help them track down the men in the car.
It is possible that the women preyed upon by the pair weren’t the only ones they offered lifts to, say officers.
Inspector Alistair Hutchens, of Melrose police station, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of Jedburgh Town Hall around midnight on Saturday evening or Sunday morning or who has any information about these two men purporting to be operating a taxi.
“We are particularly keen to speak to the couple who assisted the young women and gave them a lift to an area near Oxnam, Jedburgh.
“Anyone who saw a small, dark-coloured vehicle with a noisy exhaust driving around Jedburgh offering people lifts is also asked to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.