Lancashire Police are appealing for information after a 17-year-old was sexually assaulted in Burnley at the end of January, asking the public for more information to help identify the man pictured
A teenage girl was seriously sexually assaulted twice by the same man after he approached her near a Sainsbury’s
On January 29, officers were alerted to a report of the incident, which happened in Burnley. At around 3.45pm, a 17-year-old girl was approached by a man on Colne Road near the supermarket.
She was then led to Bank Parade where she was subjected to a serious sexual assault. Afterwards, she was subjected to another serious sexual assault by the same man on Church Street.
According to Lancashire Police, officers have been “investigating behind the scenes” since the assault was reported, and followed several lines of inquiry. Now, they are appealing to the public for more information to help identify the man pictured, but have warned not to approach him if immediately sighted but to call 999.
The man pictured is white, with dark facial hair. He was wearing dark clothing. Detective Superintendent Stephen Holgate, of East Division said: “These were two serious sexual assaults, and a team of detectives have been working hard to identify the person responsible for these offences.
“The victim and her family are being supported by specially trained officers. If you recognise the man in the CCTV then please contact us urgently. Alternatively, if you have any information that could assist our enquiries, no matter how insignificant you may think it to be, I would urge you to get in touch.”
A Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) has been opened, with the public able to share information through this link. Alternatively, you can contact Lancashire Police by calling 101 and quoting log 0929 of February 2, 2024.