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Woman raped in Preston city centre side alley

Posted on - 25th August, 2018 - 12:23pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Stoneygate, running down by the Minster, just one of the areas to be looked at Pic: Richard Swan
Police have closed off Stoneygate while they carry out investigation work

Police are appealing for witnesses after a report of a woman being raped in Preston city centre.

Update: Police have now arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of rape

Stoneygate has been closed off by Preston Police following the incident in the early hours of Saturday (25 August).

Around 3am down the side of Hogarths bar and Preston Minster, off Church Street, a 34-year-old woman has been raped, according to police.

Police are now looking for a 32-year-old man in connection with the incident.

He is described as white and is bald. It is thought he got into a taxi with two other men shortly afterwards.

DI Warren Atkinson from Preston CID said: “I would like to reassure people that incidents of this nature are rare in Preston City Centre and we are doing everything we can to trace the man described.

“If you think this was you or you saw or know anything that could assist with our investigation, please get in touch as you could hold vital information.”

Read more: Urban village plan for Stoneygate area of Preston city centre

Police have taped off both ends of Stoneygate while they carry out investigation work. It’s likely to reopen later on Saturday.

Anyone with information can call Preston CID on 01772 209724 or if you fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident reference 191 of August 25th.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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