Woman sexually assaulted while running

Lancashire Police are this evening appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman was sexually assaulted while she was out running.

On Thursday 31st October the 42 year old woman was running along the footpath at Old Tram Road, Bamber at around 10.15am. During her run she was approached by a man riding a bike.

Police have told Breaking News that the male then grabbed her between the legs, the female was able to escape, he continued running. The male followed her on his bike and requested her mobile phone number.

The woman gave him a fake number and continued running as she reached the Spar shop on Walton Park the offender then cycled off.

Police Officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward who might have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

The man is described as white, around 26 years of age and about five feet eleven inches tall with short, light brown hair. He had an athletic or slim build and was wearing a blue outdoor jacket and jeans. He was also riding a new looking mountain bike.

PC Paula Farrow said: “This was very distressing for the lady involved and we are very keen to speak to any witnesses to come forward to help us catch the man responsible.

“I’d also ask people to think carefully about this man’s description and to think back to Thursday morning. If anyone recalls seeing a man acting suspiciously in the area, please contact us.”

Information about this can be passed to Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20131031-0890.

Alternatively, 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.