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Woman assaulted outside Cuerden Valley Park in broad daylight

Written by on July 5, 2020

Extra police patrols have been put on the streets of Bamber Bridge after a woman has been assaulted in the middle of the afternoon while out jogging.

The incident happened on Friday (July 3) near the Stag Lodge Entrance to Cuerden Valley Park off the A49 Wigan Road, Bamber Bridge.

The woman, in her 40s, was approached from behind by an unknown man who then assaulted her before trying to take her bumbag.

She screamed and he made off empty handed.

Lancashire Police have described the incident as “extremely distressing” and are now looking to track down the man in question.

Extra high visibility patrols are now taking place in the areas as reassurance to residents and visitors.

Officers have described the man as white, possibly eastern European, pale complexion, slim, and aged in his mid 40s to early 50s.

He is also described as having greying stubble, a long face and boney cheeks.

The man was wearing a thin black jacket zipped up with a peaked hood pulled up, dark trousers and dark Skechers shoes.

Det Con Nick Steenbergen, of South CID, said: “This must have been an extremely distressing incident for the victim and it is fortunate she was not more seriously hurt.

“This incident happened in broad daylight in a popular area for dog walkers and other recreational users and I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened or who recognises the description of the attacker to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1067 of July 3 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. For immediate sightings call 999.