Police investigating a serious sexual assault in Burnley have launched an appeal to identify a suspect.

At around 3.45pm,  on Monday January 29, a 17-year-old girl was approached by a man on Colne Road, near to Sainsbury’s in Burnley. 

Officers said she was led to Bank Parade where she was subjected to a serious sexual assault.  She was then subjected to a second serious sexual assault by the same man on Church Street.

Police said they wanted to reassure residents that officers have been thoroughly investigating behind the scenes since this was reported and have been following a number of lines of enquiry.

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The man, pictured (above), is white, with dark facial hair and was wearing dark clothing.



Det. Supt. Stephen Holgate, of East Division said: “These were two serious sexual assaults, and a team of detectives have been working hard to identify the person responsible for these offences.

“The victim and her family are being supported by specially trained officers.

“If you recognise the man in the CCTV then please contact us urgently. Alternatively, if you have any information that could assist our enquiries, no matter how insignificant you may think it to be, I would urge you to get in touch.”

A Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) has been opened, and you can submit any information online through this link: https://orlo.uk/UQnAp.

Alternatively, you can contact us by calling 101 and quoting log 0929 of February 2, 2024. For immediate sightings, do not approach the man, but contact 999. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.