Appeal for information following sexual assaults in Burnley

Burnley police are asking for help to identify a man, following reports of serious sexual assaults.

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

She was led to Bank Parade where she was subjected to a serious sexual assault. She was then sexually assaulted again by the same man on Church Street.

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

Det. Supt. Stephen Holgate, of East Division said: “We know that reading this may be alarming, and you may be wondering about why you haven’t yet heard of our investigation.

“We want to reassure you that our officers have been thoroughly investigating behind the scenes since this was reported to us and have been following a number of lines of enquiry. We are now asking for your help in identifying the man pictured.

“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 information can be submitted online via this link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020123L25-PO1

The public are asked to call 999, rather than approach the man, if they see him or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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