A young woman was sexually assaulted and robbed at knifepoint by two men as she walked home.
The offence took place at around 10.40pm on Saturday, October 6, when the 25-year-old victim was walking along Millennium Bridge towards Lune Street in Lancaster.
As she entered the underpass below Greyhound Bridge she was attacked by two men who she had seen immediately before, sat on a bench.
One of the men grabbed her from behind and pushed her against the wall causing her to bang her head.
She was then held with a knife to her throat while the second man removed her watch and engagement ring from her left hand and wrist.
Police said the victim was sexually assaulted and received scratch marks to her face and upper body.
The men took a large, brown deer skin bag with a gold ‘Prada’ badge, a limited edition Cartier Tank Francaise steel watch, black Prada sunglasses and around £235 in cash.
It is believed they were disturbed by the headlights of a taxi travelling down Lune Street towards the underpass and some items from the woman’s handbag were discarded as they escaped.
Detective Sergeant Mark Stephens, from Lancaster CID, said: “This is a particularly violent incident against a lone woman and she has understandably been left traumatised by what happened.
“We know there were a number of people walking over the Millennium Bridge immediately prior to the offence and I’d ask these people to contact the police.
“I’d also urge anyone that knows any information about the incident, who can provide details of the offenders, or is aware of who the taxi driver could have been at that time, to contact police quoting crime reference number BA1203350.
“I’d reassure people that we are doing everything possible to find the men responsible and have stepped up patrols in the area.”
The first man was white, around 6ft, in his late 20s to early 30s.
He possibly had facial hair and was wearing a dark tracksuit with the hood up. He was carrying a craft or Stanley knife with a bright red handle.
His accomplice was also white, around 6ft 2ins, stocky with defined arms and possibly mousy brown spiky hair.
He was wearing a short dark vest like top with a round neck like a tank top and had a large hand sized tattoo to his left upper arm, which was described as a black, solid and bold tribal pattern.
Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.
People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org.