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CCTV image released in connection with Lancaster nightclub rape
2:36pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a student in a Lancaster nightclub have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.
The 18-year-old woman was attacked while on a student night out in The Sugar House.
She was confronted by a man as she left a toilet cubicle and was pushed back inside where she was raped.
The woman managed to fend off her attacker before running from the toilets to raise the alarm.
Police have now released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place at around 12.30am on October 1.
Detective Superintendent Paul Withers said: “We are keen to speak with a man captured on CCTV inside The Sugar House.
"I appreciate it isn’t the best quality CCTV, but if anybody thinks they know who this person is then I would urge them to contact police.
"If you recall seeing this person on the night in question, perhaps you saw him on the dance floor, or more importantly making his way towards and enter the ladies’ toilets, then please come forward.
“We are also keen to speak with a second year female student who is believed to be studying law at Lancaster University and possibly spoke with the victim in the ladies’ toilets around the time of the incident. If this was you please come forward.
“There were around 1400 people in the club that night and once again I would like to reiterate our appeal 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’ toilets for any reason we would also like them to come forward so we can speak to them and eliminate them from our enquiries.
“We are continuing to support the young woman who has suffered a particularly distressing ordeal and once again I would like to reassure people that sexual assaults of this nature are rare.”
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 quoting log number 0028 of October 1 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
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