Teenager arrested after Padiham woman sexually assaulted

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a Padiham woman was assaulted while walking home.

The 23-year-old victim was approached by a man as she made her way along a ginnel which leads to Lancaster Drive and starts at where Thompson Street and Abingdon Road meet. The incident happened at 5-10pm on Tuesday, November 19th.

The offender grabbed her arm and pushed her against some railings, touching her between her legs over her clothing. The victim hit the man with her handbag causing him to run away

The woman, who was left in a state of shock, suffered bruising and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for a check-up.

A 16-year-old boy from Burnley has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and released on bail until February 19th.

Police have also revealed that an 18-year-old woman was verbally abused in the same area on Thursday, November 14th, at 9-10pm.

Det. Sgt Joanne Pemberton said: “Fortunately, on both occasions, the victims were unhurt but were both were understandably left shaken and so I would appeal to anyone who may have any information at all to contact us.

“I am particularly keen to speak to a man and a woman that were nearby at the time of the second incident on November 19th who may have witnessed what happened. We don’t have a description of the male witness but the lady has been described as wearing a beige and pink floral top. If you think that was you, please get in touch with us as you may have information that could help.”

The offender has been described as white, in his late teens and of slim build. On both occasions, he was wearing dark clothing and a hooded top.

Det. Sgt Pemberton continued; “I would urge anybody who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area or to anyone who may have also been approached by someone fitting this description to contact Lancashire Police by calling 101.”