2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

UPDATE: Man innocent in Accrington sexual assault

police car lancashire

1:26pm 11th October 2018
(Updated 5:47pm 12th October 2018)

The police say a man they were looking for in connection with a sexual assault is innocent.

CCTV images of the man had been sent out - but we're now told the man in question has been excluded from the investigation.

It's after a 53-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Accrington in August.

At around 6pm on August 25th she was walking her dog along a footpath close to the rear of Epping Avenue between Whinney Hill Road and East Crescent.

She walked past a man and on completing a circular walking route, noticed the same man walking towards her. He grabbed her shoulder and forced his hand between her legs.

She shouted at the offender, pushed him off and managed to run away. He ran off in the opposite direction.

Det Con Tony Roberts, from East CID, said:

“The man in the video has been identified and discounted from our investigation as a suspect.

"We continue to appeal for any information in relation to the original assault."

Anyone with information can call East CID on 01254 353863 or if they fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident reference 1088 of August 25.

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

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all 2BR platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Most read
Vivienne Westwood at preston fracking site in Lancashire

Vivienne Westwood arrives at Lancashire fracking site

She's joining anti fracking protesters on Preston New Road

police officers

Man's body found in Oswaldtwistle

Believed he'd been involved in collision

Suggested Articles

Man jailed after Accrington thefts

Local News: He admitted to a number of offences

Man wanted after woman was assaulted

Local News: Victim was punched in Burnley

Top Articles

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Uganda Appeal: Re-visiting some of the people 2BR met

Local News: A month on, 2BR has a few updates for you

Karren Brady says West Ham would consider buying London Stadium

Sport: West Ham would consider purchasing the London Stadium under the right circumstances, according to vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Maxine Peake warns 'distressing' class divide could lead to new Peterloo Massacre

Showbiz: Actress Maxine Peake has warned universal credit, food banks and zero hours contracts could lead to a repeat of the Peterloo Massacre almost 200 years ago.

Theresa May to call on EU leaders to do more to combat threat of cyber attacks

National News: The Prime Minister is set to call on EU leaders to introduce "a robust sanctions regime" to deter cyber attacks.

Theresa May to call on EU leaders to do more to combat threat of cyber attacks

World News: The Prime Minister is set to call on EU leaders to introduce "a robust sanctions regime" to deter cyber attacks.

New Look to quit Chinese market as 130 stores face the axe

Business News: The fashion chain New Look is to call time on its international presence by abandoning its entire Chinese operation as it tries to improve the fortunes of its domestic business.

California students 'mixed grandfather's cremated ashes into homemade cookies'

Strange News: Police in California are investigating a report that a high school student mixed the cremated ashes of her grandfather into a batch of homemade cookies and shared them with her classmates.

MORTGAGES: What to expect in 2018

Local News: How you can pay your mortgage off early

Near misses in drowning need to be talked about

Local News: They're the lucky ones - says Lancashire mum


Local News: See how the keeper is saving more than just shots in Lancashire

HALF PRICE - Hollywood Star

Non-News: Get your half price voucher for Hollywood Star in Burnley now.

VIDEO Something Worth Fighting For

Local News: You've never seen a journalist do this...

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Losing sleep to care for a family member

Local News: Challenges facing the UK's 700,000 young carers

Most Read

Vivienne Westwood arrives at Lancashire fracking site

Local News: She's joining anti fracking protesters on Preston New Road