Mum with pram grabbed by man who jumped out of bushes near primary school

A woman was left shaken after she was assaulted by a man whilst pushing her baby in a pram yesterday.
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The young mum was attacked as she walked alone along a tree-lined path in Oswaldtwistle at around 3pm on Thursday (November 10).

The man – who was topless – jumped out of bushes where he appeared to be hiding and grabbed her from behind. During the struggle, he knocked the pram over with her daughter inside.

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The woman screamed for help and the man ran off. She swiftly made her way to the main road, Mayfield Avenue, where she raised the alarm.

The 22-year-old suspect was arrested after he was seen hiding in bushes after a woman was grabbed and assaulted in Oswaldtwistle on Thursday afternoon (November 10)The 22-year-old suspect was arrested after he was seen hiding in bushes after a woman was grabbed and assaulted in Oswaldtwistle on Thursday afternoon (November 10)
The 22-year-old suspect was arrested after he was seen hiding in bushes after a woman was grabbed and assaulted in Oswaldtwistle on Thursday afternoon (November 10)

The frightening incident happened just a short distance from St Mary’s Primary School, as parents were preparing to collect their children.

Police were called and a 22-year-old local man was arrested a short time later.

He has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and intending to commit a sexual offence.

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Fortunately, the woman and her baby were not injured, but the young mum has been left shaken by the encounter.

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A police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of an assault in Mayfield Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, at 3.04pm yesterday (November 10).

"It was reported a woman had been grabbed by a man, before he ran away.

"Officers have responded quickly and have arrested a 22-year-old man from Oswaldtwistle on suspicion of common assault.

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"He has been further arrested on suspicion of intending to commit a sexual offence.

"He remains in custody at this time.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting log 774 of November 10, 2022.

In a Facebook update on Thursday night, the local policing team sought to reassure the community that a suspect had been arrested.

A spokesman for the force said: “After a report about a male hiding in bushes, it is with satisfaction that we can report that a male has been identified and arrested.

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“Team 4 Hyndburn Immediate Response attended a report of assault on a female near Mayfield Avenue and Coal Pit Lane.

“With the help of local residents and the work of Team 4 officers, the male was successfully identified and arrested for assault.

“This would not have been achieved without the help of local residents and witnesses.”