Police are appealing for witnesses a 35 year old woman was raped on her way home from a night out in Colne on Saturday.
The attack happened sometime between 9.40pm and 10.15pm at the rear of Exchange Street and Blascomy Way when the woman has encountered a lone man smoking a cigarette.
It is believed the man may have been disturbed during the attack when someone has been heard speaking further up the backstreet.
This appears to be an opportunist attack on a vulnerable lone woman returning home from a night out.
“This is a vicious crime which has had a significant impact on the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers”.
“I would appeal to anybody that saw a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence or anyone that thinks they may have witnessed this incident to contact police as a matter of urgency.”
Officers are carrying out CCTV and house to house enquires but anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation should contact Lancashire Police on 101.
A 35 year old man from Colne has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently being questioned by officers.
A woman has been raped outside the Royal British Legion in Levenshulme, Manchester.
The victim, in her 40s, was dragged into the Legion's car park as she walked home in the early hours of Sunday 7 July.
She was approached by a man on Ross Avenue at around 2am. He walked with her for a short time, then grabbed her and attacked.
The rapist was black, in his 30s, 5ft 8in tall and slim. He wore glasses.
Detective Sergeant Claire Phythian based at Harpurhey Police Station said: “The man started a conversation with the victim and walked with her before dragging her into a secluded area. As you can imagine, the victim has been left terribly shaken."
A man's been charged with the rape of a 44 year old woman in Chester. Peter Watton, who is 37 and of Lache in Chester has appeared before Chester Magistrates on rape and false imprisonment charges.
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Police are continuing to search for a man they want to speak to in connection with a rape in Chester.
37-year-old Peter Watton was released from prison on 12 June. He has distinctive tattoos which include the word PETE on the knuckles of his left hand in blue ink, a tribal tattoo on his left arm his wrist up to his neck, and the word BLACON in blue ink on the wrist of his left forearm.
A 44-year-old woman was held for several hours and raped in woodland on Friday 14th June while jogging with her pet dog in the Dukes Drive area of Handbridge. She is being supported by specialist officers.
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Police are asking women to be "vigilant" after a 44-year-old was raped at Duke's Drive in Chester.
She was jogging with her dog when she was attacked on Friday afternoon.
The rapist's described as white, 6' 3" with brown eyes and tattoos. He was wearing a dark hooded top, jeans and black trainers.
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A man's been charged with raping a 13-year-old boy in the toilets of a shopping centre in Greater Manchester.
Police were called to the Spindles shopping centre in Oldham on Monday afternoon.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "A 31-year-old man has been charged following the rape of a teenage boy in Oldham.
"Matt Leigh Tyler, of Parkway, Chadderton, was charged with two offences of rape and was due to appear at Oldham Magistrates' Court this morning."