Police renew appeal after woman is threatened by man in Burnley

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Detectives are making a fresh appeal for information after a woman in her 40s was threatened by a man with a knife as she walked her dog in Burnley.

Around 1pm on Thursday 15 August, the woman was walking along Ighten Road in Ightenhill when she was approached by a man in possession of a knife who proceeded to make demands about touching her feet.

The woman took out her phone and threatened to ring police at which point the man walked off into the park.

He is described as being white, aged 17-18 years old, around 5’9” tall and of medium build. He had short dark hair, a round face and was wearing a black hooded top.

Detective Inspector Marie Haworth from Burnley CID said: “The man made suggestions about touching the woman’s feet and she has been left upset and shaken by the incident.

“We believe the woman was followed and I would appeal to anybody who thinks they have seen this man or anybody acting suspiciously in the area at the time to come forward.

“I’d urge people to be vigilant and to report anybody acting suspiciously to police on 101.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

On 24 September 2013 a 20 year old man from Burnley was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.