Student raped in toilet of Lancaster Sugarhouse nightclub

The Sugarhouse nightclub Police said there were around 1400 people in the nightclub at the club at the time of the attack

A female student has been raped in a toilet cubicle while on a night out in Lancaster, police have said.

The 18-year-old was confronted by a man in the ladies' toilets of Lancaster University's nightclub The Sugarhouse at about 00:30 BST on Tuesday.

Police said as the victim came out of the toilet she was pushed back into the cubicle and raped, before fending off her attacker and raising the alarm.

Det Insp Andy Hulme said it had been a "distressing ordeal" for the student.

The Sugarhouse on Sugar House Alley in the city centre is owned and run by Lancaster University's student union.

Mr Hulme said there had been "around 1,400 people at the club and we are appealing for anybody with any information about this incident to come forward".

"I specifically want to speak to any women who remembers a man walking into the ladies' toilets, 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."

He added that the woman was "being supported by specially trained officers and we will continue to offer her support for as long as she needs it".

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Lancashire



Min. Night 5 °C


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.