Appeal after teenager is sexually assaulted in Colne

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A teenager who was sexually assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning “demonstrated incredible bravery in fighting her attacker off”, police have said.

The 16-year-old was followed by a man believed to be in his late 20s, when she was walking from Oak Street onto Vincent Street at around 1-40am. She had been on a night out with friends.

The man, described as being white, of slim build and with facial stubble, is said to have briefly spoken to the girl, before sexually touching her over her clothing. The girl fought back, striking her attacker, before running home and alerting the police.

Now detectives are urging anybody with more information to step forward – adding that the man was around 5ft. 9 in. and was wearing grey joggers, a grey hooded jumper, and a blue and white thin waterproof jacket.

Det. Sgt Charlie Haynes from Pennine CID said: “Attacks of this nature are extremely serious and we are in the process of examining CCTV from the area and forensic evidence in our efforts to identify this man. I would also like to remind women to be vigilant and extra careful when going home after a night out.”

Call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.