CCTV released as detectives seek suspect in Lancaster sex attack

Detectives have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to after a sexual assault in Lancaster.

Sunday, 24th October 2021, 10:36 am
Updated Sunday, 24th October 2021, 10:38 am

Lancashire Police say the 'sinister' incident took place at around 3.10am on Thursday (October 21) in the St George's Quay area of Lancaster.

After being disturbed, the suspect fled towards the flood defences on the Quay Side and then on to Carlisle Bridge where they disappeared.

The force said it is now looking for a man described as Asian, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 9ins, and with short black hair. He was wearing dark blue jeans a burgundy-coloured jacket/jumper and carrying a rucksack.

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The incident occurred at around 3.10am on Thursday (October 21) in the St George’s Quay area. After being disturbed the suspect ran off towards the flood defences on the quay side and then onto Carlisle Bridge, say police

No one has been arrested at this stage, but police say enquiries are ongoing and patrols have been stepped up in the area this weekend.

DI Kirsty Wyatt, of Lancaster CID, said: "This is a sinister offence and we appreciate that the public will be concerned by it.

"I would like to reassure them that patrols have been increased in the area and we have got a dedicated team of officers assigned to this case.

"With that in mind, we need to speak to the man in the CCTV image who we believe can assist us with our enquiries.

He is described as Asian, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 9ins, with short black hair. He was wearing dark blue jeans a burgundy-coloured jacket/jumper and carrying a rucksack

"We appreciate the quality of image isn’t the greatest but we need the public’s help to find him as soon as possible.

"We believe the suspect was in the area at least 40 minutes before the offence was committed looking through windows. I would urge residents to check their CCTV, doorbell or dashcam footage to see if they have captured anything which would assist our investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to email [email protected] or call 101, quoting log 0157 of October 21.

Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers om 0800 555111.

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him regarding a burglary and sexual assault which took place in the St George's Quay area of Lancaster at around 3.10am on Thursday (October 21)