Police on the hunt after woman was sexually assaulted in Preston

A woman was sexually assaulted in an early morning incident in Preston yesterday.

Friday, 20th April 2018, 11:55 am
Updated Friday, 20th April 2018, 2:26 pm
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0329 of April 19.

Police were called at around 9:20am yesterday (Thursday, April 19) following an incident in Mercer Street where a 26-year-old woman was walking to work when she was approached from behind by a male.

The offender grabbed the victim and sexually assaulted her, before making off from the scene through Lidl car park, off New Hall Lane.

The suspect is described as Asian, aged 17 and of very slim build.

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He was wearing a light-grey zip-up hoody and tracksuit pants, as well as carrying a dark coloured backpack. He was also wearing a brightly coloured lanyard, possibly red or orange.

PC Alex Haines, of Preston Police said: “An investigation is underway after a woman was sexually assaulted in Preston.

“The victim was walking to work when a man approached her from behind and attacked her.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the offence and saw the offender described.

“If you can help, please get in touch with police.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0329 of April 19.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.