A MAN has been charged with raping a young woman in Bolton.

Paul John Anthony Catterall, aged 23, of Quebec Street, Bolton, has been charged with the rape of a woman over 16 years of age and appeared at Bolton Magistrates Court this morning.

The 18-year-old was allegedly attacked at 4am on Thursday, July 31, in an alleyway off All Saints Street at the back of the Founders Arms pub.