Man (24) is bailed after woman’s rape ordeal

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A 24-year-old Padiham man has been bailed by police following the rape of a woman in the early hours of Monday morning.

The victim, who is in her 20s, was attacked close to a footbridge over Green Brook in Padiham, and contacted police after managing to make her way home.

The woman had been out for a night in Padiham and had made her way along Stocksbridge Road, and Palmerston Street before cutting through to the bridge.

Police are appealing to the public for any information as they believe the woman’s attacker may have had some contact with her earlier in the evening.

The incident has shocked residents in the area as the bridge is used as a popular access to a large residential area.

A police spokesman told the Express that the man had been bailed until Monday, May 11th.