Sex attack on young woman in city centre

Lawson Street, Preston, scene of a sexual assault and robbery on a young woman. Picture taken from Google Maps.

Lawson Street, Preston, scene of a sexual assault and robbery on a young woman. Picture taken from Google Maps.

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A young woman was sexually assaulted and robbed whilst walking home from a night out.

The 20-year-old was followed home by two men as she left Preston city centre at around 4am on Saturday 5 September.

She was targeted on Lawson Street when one of the men approached her and snatched her handbag before both men ran off.

But around ten minutes later the second man returned with her handbag and sexually assaulted her.

DC 3082 Rachael Ashcroft from Preston CID said: “This was terrible attack on a young woman making her way home after a night out. To have not only been robbed but also sexually assaulted must have been terrifying.

“If you saw a woman wearing a black and white dress carrying a white carrier bag being followed or you have any information about this incident at all, please get in contact with us at your earliest opportunity.”

The first man is described as Middle Eastern or Eastern European in appearance, around 5ft 4ins tall with black hair and of slim build. He was wearing a wet look black jacket with a hood.

The second man is also described as is described as Middle Eastern or Eastern European in appearance, with black hair, 5ft 6 ins tall, slim build and wearing a light grey jumper.

Anyone with information can contact Preston CID on 01772 209752 or if they fail to get an answer, they can call 101 quoting log 310 of September 5th.

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