Girl, 15, sexually assaulted under canal bridge

The attack took place just before 1.30pm on Sunday May 14 on a canal path
The attack took place just before 1.30pm on Sunday May 14 on a canal path
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A teenage girl bravely fought off her attacker after he sexually assaulted her under a bridge in Blackburn, say police.

The attack took place just before 1.30pm on Sunday May 14 on a canal path between Highfield Road bridge and the canal lock on Bolton Road close to The Raj Restaurant.

Officers received reports that a man approached the 15-year-old 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 by police 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 said to walk with a limp.

Police are now 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.