Police appeal for witnesses to sexual assault claim

Police are appealing for witnesses to a report of a serious sexual assault in Kendal.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on Saturday afternoon (9th March), between 5pm and 6pm.

A 22-year-old woman was approached by a man in the town centre and it is believed she was then sexually assaulted in the Angel Yard area of the town.

A 29-year-old local man is being questioned in connection with the offence and remains in police custody.

“It is alleged that a serious sexual assault occurred in Kendal town centre on Saturday afternoon in a yard leading from Highgate.

"Were you shopping in Kendal on Saturday afternoon or making your way home from work?

"Do you remember seeing a man and woman together in a yard off Highgate? Did you hear or see something suspicious?

“The assault occurred in a public place and we believe that there will have been someone in the area who will have heard or seen something.

“A 29 year old local man has been arrested in connection with the allegation.

– Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi, Cumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police.