Woman sexually assaulted in Burnley

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Close up of a line of British Police do not cross tape.

A WOMAN was sexually assaulted near to a busy main road in Burnley on Saturday night.

The 49-year-old woman was walking near to the Bull and Butcher pub in Manchester Road at around 9-40 p.m. when she was approached from behind by a man and assaulted.

She was unharmed but detectives say she was shocked and upset by what had happened.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the incident who has been released on bail, but are still keen to speak to witnesses.

The attacker is described as white, aged late 20s or early 30s, of slim build and around 5ft.10in. tall. He was believed to have been wearing a fitted “beanie” style hat and a light coloured jacket.

Police are keen to speak with anyone who was in that area of Manchester Road around the time of the incident and who may have seen someone fitting the description.

DC Melissa Chadwick, of Burnley CID, said: “Incidents of this nature are very rare and the public should not be unduly concerned.

“However, we are keen to stop this man from committing any further attacks. Manchester Road is a busy main road and it is possible that a passing motorist may have seen something.”

Witnesses should contact either DC Chadwick or DC Sarah Beckley on 472240.