Appeal after woman is assaulted in Burnley
5:18pm Tuesday 18th September 2012 in News
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman was dragged from the street and assaulted as she walked home in Burnley.
The offence is alleged to have taken place just after midnight on Sunday 16th September when the 19 year old victim was walking alone along Harold Street when she was approached by a man who asked for her phone number.
When she refused and the man has grabbed her by her wrist and dragged her towards a wooded area where she has managed to break free and call police.
Her attacker is described as aged in his 40s, average build, around 5ft10inches tall wearing a dark hooded top with dark coloured tracksuit trousers.
Detective Inspector Marie Haworth from Pennine CID said: “This is a serious incident in which a woman has been grabbed from the street.
“The motive for the assault is unknown at this stage and fortunately she was unharmed but I would appeal to anybody that thinks they witnessed this incident or anyone acting suspicious in the area to come forward.”
Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.
People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.