A man connected to the rape of an 18-year-old girl in Preston has been charged by Lancashire.
An 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on a grassed area on Lord Street, after walking home from Church Street following a night out.
A man approached the victim shortly before assaulting her and leaving the scene.
After the attack police launched an appeal, releasing CCTV footage and images, to find the suspect; but, wanted to reassure the public that they could still enjoy a safe night out in the City.
DI Pearson said, “We don’t want people to be alarmed and would advise people to go ahead and enjoy their nights out as normal. I would however suggest that people remain vigilant and stay with their groups of friends.
“Police will be in and around the city centre and so if anyone has any concerns, please speak to an officer.”
Following the appeal, police tracked a suspect back to Salford, Manchester. 35-year-old Amanuel Tsegay was arrested and charged with rape.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said, “A man has been charged with the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Preston.
“Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Amanuel Tsegay, 35, of Lords Avenue, Salford was charged last night (10 October) with rape and sexual assault.
“He is due to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court this morning (Friday, October 11th).
“The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, September 22nd on Lord Street in the city centre.
“Another woman came forward reporting being sexually assaulted on the same day on Lancaster Road.
“We would like to thank the public for their responses to our previous appeals.”