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Man arrested for rape in Colne
A MAN has been arrested after a woman was raped in Colne.
Police said the 35-year-old victim was on her way home after a night out when she was attacked.
The attack happened some time between 9.40pm and 10.15pm on Saturday, at the rear of Exchange Street and Blascomy Way, when the woman encountered a lone man smoking a cigarette.
It is believed the man may have been disturbed during the attack when someone had been heard speaking further up the back street.
Lancashire Police said they had arrested a 35-year-old man, from Colne, on suspicon of rape.
He remains in custody, and was being quizzed by detectives last night.
Detective Inspector Jim Elston, from Pennine CID, described the attack as ‘vicious’ and ‘opportunistic’.
He said: “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 studying CCTV and carrying out house-to-house inquires.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to call them on 101, Alternatively, people can ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.