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Investigation into sexual assault

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2:24pm 16th May 2017

Detectives have launched an investigation after a report of sexual assault in Blackburn.

Police were called on Sunday (May 14) following an incident close to Hall Street.

Around 1.25pm, a 15-year-old girl had been walking on the canal path between Highfield Road bridge and the canal lock on Bolton Road close to The Raj Restaurant.

A man approached her and as the pair walked under the bridge she was sexually assaulted. The victim fought with the man and the offender made off from the scene.

The suspect is described as an Asian male, aged 17 to 19-years-old, 5ft 3in tall, of slim build with facial stubble.

He was wearing large, square glasses, a large gold watch, a black hooded top, blue pants and black trainers.

He was also walking with a limp.

Police are appealing for information and are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or helped the victim after the attack.

Det Con David Richardson, of Blackburn CID, said:

“We have launched an investigation after a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Blackburn.

“We believe the teenager was followed by a man who touched her inappropriately close to Highfield Road bridge.

“While the victim fought the attacker off, we believe a number of people came to her assistance and we are keen to speak to these people.

“Furthermore, a good description has been provided of the suspect. If you recognise this man or can assist with our enquiries, please call us immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact police on (01254) 353563 quoting crime reference ED1707704.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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