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Appeal for information after woman is raped in Colne
2:42pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
An investigation is under way after a 35-year-old woman was raped on her way home from a night out in Colne on Saturday.
The attack happened between 9.40pm and 10.15pm at the rear of Exchange Street and Blascomy Way, when the woman encountered a lone man smoking a cigarette.
It is believed that the attacker fled the scene after hearing voices nearby.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Inspector Jim Elston said: “This appears to be an opportunist attack on a vulnerable lone woman returning home from a night out.
“This is a vicious crime which has had a significant impact on the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers.
“I would appeal to anybody that saw a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence or anyone that thinks they may have witnessed this incident to contact police as a matter of urgency.”
A 35-year-old man from Colne has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently in police custody being questioned by officers.
Information: Contact Lancashire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org