Man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting schoolgirls

Detectives are appealing for witnesses

Detectives are appealing for witnesses

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Detectives investigating the sexual assault of two school-girls in Burnley have arrested a man.

The 24-year-old, from Burnley, was arrested in the town centre yesterday afternoon.

He is currently in custody and being questioned on suspicion of sexual assault.

Police launched an investigation after a 13-year-old was walking through the subway between Gala Bingo and Burnley bus station at about 7-50am on Tuesday, December 6th, when she was approached from behind by a man.

He grabbed her arm and then put his hand up her skirt and touched her bottom.

He made off after he was disturbed but was seen a short time later appearing to follow a second school-girl.

A second girl, aged 14, was approached on Lower Tentre at about 8-30am on Wednesday, December 7th where she was grabbed around the waist.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0403 of Tuesday, December 6th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers.org.