A 15-YEAR-OLD girl fought off an attacker who sexually assaulted her in Blackburn.
Detectives have launched an investigation after they were called to reports of a sexual assault close to Hall Street on Sunday.
The teenager was walking along the canal path between Highfield Road bridge and the canal lock on Bolton Road close to The Raj Restaurant at around 1.25pm when she was approached by a man.
As the pair walked under the bridge she was sexually assaulted.
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The victim fought with the man and the offender ran off, police said.
The suspect is described as an Asian male, aged 17 to 19-years-old, 5ft 3in tall, of slim build with facial stubble. He was wearing large, square glasses, a large gold watch, a black hooded top, blue pants and black trainers.
He was also walking with a limp.
Police are appealing for information and are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or helped the victim after the attack.
Det Con David Richardson said: “We have launched an investigation after a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Blackburn.
“We believe the teenager was followed by a man who touched her inappropriately close to Highfield Road bridge.
“While the victim fought the attacker off, we believe a number of people came to her assistance and we are keen to speak to these people.
“Furthermore, a good description has been provided of the suspect. If you recognise this man or can assist with our enquiries, please call us immediately.”
Anyone with information can contact police on (01254) 353563 quoting crime reference ED1707704.
Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.