Update On Preston Sex Assault Investigation On Young Woman In Harris Street

Preston Police have released more CCTV of a man who we are treating as a suspect in the serious sexual assault of a young woman in Preston.

CCTV of suspect in Preston sex assault investigation

**Urgent: Preston sex assault investigation – Do you recognise this man?** We have released more CCTV of a man who we are treating as a suspect in the serious sexual assault of a young woman in Preston. The incident occurred at around 4:20am on Sunday (September 22nd) when the victim, 18, has become separated from her friends and has walked along Lancaster Road from Church Street. When she has reached the junction with Harris Street at the side of Sessions House, she has met a man. After a brief interaction, they have walked onto Lord Street, where the woman was attacked on a grassed area. The man has then walked off but returned to the area a few minutes later and tried to talk to the victim. He then headed back on to Lancaster Road. Following enquiries, we believe he may have approached other women in the city centre during the evening and early hours. It is important that we find this man as soon as possible and so we are asking anyone who may have seen him or knows who he is, to contact us immediately. We know that roughly between 3am and 5am, he has been walking around the city centre and has headed towards the train station where he stayed for a short while. We would like to reassure people that attacks of this type are rare and whilst we want people to carry on and enjoy their nights out, we are still asking them to remain vigilant, consider their personal safety and remain in groups of friends. Nightsafe patrols will be in the city centre over the weekend and so we are encouraging anyone who has concerns about their safety or thinks they have seen this man to approach them or call the police. The suspect is described as possibly Asian, around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins, of medium build with a stubbly beard and dark, spiky, fluffy hair. He was wearing a light coloured jacket. Anyone with information can call 01772 209702 or if you fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident reference 323 of September 22nd. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://socsi.in/pksRg. http://socsi.in/YvHQD

Posted by Preston Police on Friday, 27 September 2019

The incident occurred at around 4:20am on Sunday (September 22nd) when the victim, 18, has become separated from her friends and has walked along Lancaster Road from Church Street.

When she has reached the junction with Harris Street at the side of Sessions House, she has met a man. After a brief interaction, they have walked onto Lord Street, where the woman was attacked on a grassed area.

The man has then walked off but returned to the area a few minutes later and tried to talk to the victim. He then headed back on to Lancaster Road.

Following enquiries, Police believe he may have approached other women in the city centre during the evening and early hours.

It is important that Police find this man as soon as possible and are asking anyone who may have seen him or knows who he is, to contact Police immediately.

A Police spokesperson said; “We know that roughly between 3am and 5am, he has been walking around the city centre and has headed towards the train station where he stayed for a short while.

We would like to reassure people that attacks of this type are rare and whilst we want people to carry on and enjoy their nights out, we are still asking them to remain vigilant, consider their personal safety and remain in groups of friends.

Nightsafe patrols will be in the city centre over the weekend and so we are encouraging anyone who has concerns about their safety or thinks they have seen this man to approach them or call the police.”

The suspect is described as possibly Asian, around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins, of medium build with a stubbly beard and dark, spiky, fluffy hair. He was wearing a light coloured jacket.

Anyone with information can call 01772 209702 or if you fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident reference 323 of September 22nd. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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