Man released on bail after schoolgirl assault

Investigation: Insp Dave Robinson
Investigation: Insp Dave Robinson
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A 20-year-old man has been released on police bail after being arrested when a schoolgirl was “inappropriately touched” as she walked home.

Police, who are treating the incident as indecent assault, said the 15-year-old girl was left very distressed.

It happened at around 3.20pm on Monday when the girl was walking along a footpath through woods at Lower Burgh Way, Chorley.

A man touched her over her clothing, said police.

When the girl challenged the man, he ran off, but was found and arrested a short time later.

The girl rang the police on her mobile phone.

Inspector Dave Robinson, of Chorley Police, said a man was taken into custody and was helping with inquiries.

He said officers, neighbourhood officers, a dog handler and the police helicopter were all involved in the search for the man.

The man was eventually tracked down by the police dog.

Inspector Robinson said police had spoken to the girl’s school.

He said: “She’s very distressed. When she rang us, thankfully after a search of the vicinity, we were able to locate the man very quickly.”

He issued a safety warning to young women to take care following the incident. “Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity,” he said.

The arrested man has been placed on police bail pending further inquiries until mid-September.

He has had two conditions attached to his bail.

Firstly, he is not to approach or have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16.

Secondly, he is also not allowed to enter any public park or nature reserve.