MUM RAPED BY BURGLAR AS KID SLEEPS NEXT DOOR; Sex monster hunted by police.
The intruder burst into the woman's house in what is believed to have been an attempted robbery.
The terrified victim, who has not been named, woke to find the stranger in her bedroom.
But before she could raise the alarm, the man attacked her and subjected her to a prolonged rape.
He then escaped with a nine-inch long knife with a serrated blade and a hand- knitted child's cardigan from the house.
Yesterday sickened detectives made a desperate appeal for help in trying to track down the monster before he strikes again.
Inspector Bruce Ormiston said: "This is a particularly nasty crime and it is essential we find the person responsible."
The shocking attack happened in a house in High Road, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, early on Friday.
Police said they were anxious to trace the knife and white cardigan. Inspector Ormiston said: "We are very anxious for people who were in the High Road/Ladhope Bank area on Thursday night/Friday morning to contact us immediately at Galashiels Police Station.
"We know the attacker entered the High Road address sometime between 5 and 6.15am on Friday and while this is normally a very quiet time of day we hope that perhaps there may have been some early risers around who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area."
Inspector Ormiston said while the victim was extremely distressed she was helping detectives piece together a picture of her attacker.
And he said she is being offered counselling to help her deal with the trauma of the attack.
He said: "This was obviously a very frightening ordeal for the woman.
"People do not expect to wake up and find a stranger in their house, particularly not in a quiet town like Galashiels.
"Like anywhere else Galashiels has had its fair share of break-ins, but I cannot recall anything like this ever happening before."
The attacker is described as between 25 and 35 years old, tall and slim with dark hair.