Lancashire

Man admits raping 14-year-old girl in Preston

A man has admitted raping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl who had been out with a group of friends.

The teenager was attacked in Ribbleton Avenue in Preston, at 20:10 BST on 30 September.

Christopher Croston, 31, from Liverpool, pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault at Preston Crown Court and will be sentenced on 14 February.

Det Insp Richard McCutcheon said it was "a despicable crime committed by a horrible individual".

He said: "The only positive action by Croston is that he has pleaded guilty to the offences as this will at least spare his victim having to go through a trial.

"She has been extremely brave and courageous throughout the investigation."

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