Sex attack on girl (17) in Colne: police appeal

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old girl was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Colne town centre on Sunday, November 3rd.

Around 3am the victim was outside the Union Exchange pub when she was approached by a man who engaged her in conversation before leading her to Skelton Street and down a secluded alleyway where she was subjected to a violent sexual assault.

The man is described as white, 5ft. 6in. tall, of medium build with short dark hair. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Det. Insp. Stephen Holgate said: “The incident took place a short distance from the Union Exchange pub and although it happened in the early hours, the locality was still busy with people enjoying a Saturday night out in Colne.

“It is likely the offender was present in Colne town centre for a number of hours before the incident and may have approached other women. I urge anybody who was approached by a lone man fitting this description to contact Lancashire Police on 01706 237394 or 101.

“Witnesses may have information vital to this inquiry so if you were in the locality and have information that may assist the inquiry team I would urge you to come forward.”