Detectives appealing for information as they investigate rape in Lancaster nightclub (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Detectives appealing for information as they investigate rape in Lancaster nightclub
3:43pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a student was raped during a night out in Lancaster.
Police say that around 12.30am on Tuesday, the 18-year-old was confronted by a man as she left a toilet cubicle in The Sugar House and pushed back inside the cubicle and raped.
The woman managed to fend off her attacker before running from the toilets to raise the alarm.
Detective Inspector Andy Hulme, from the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This young woman has suffered a particularly distressing ordeal and she is being supported by specially trained officers at this time and we will continue to offer her support for as long as she needs it.
“There were around 1,400 people at the club that night and we are appealing for anybody with any information about this incident to come forward. I specifically want to speak to any women who remember a man walking into the ladies’ toilets or who saw a man in there, or who heard any shouting. If any men were in the ladies’ loos for any accidental reason we would also like them to come forward so we can speak to them.
“I would like to reassure people that anybody who does come forward with any information will be treated sensitively and with respect as I appreciate this is a very sensitive matter.
“I understand people may feel anxious and alarmed at this time, but I would like to reassure people that sexual assaults of this nature are rare.
“We would also like to reassure people that there is a full team of detectives working on this case and we are doing all we can to find the person responsible.”
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 quoting log number 0028 of October 1st or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.