Clitheroe Castle skatepark attack: Girl, 14, sexually assaulted

Clitheroe Castle skatepark Image copyright Gary rogers
Image caption Police said the girl was assaulted near the skatepark in the castle grounds

A man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl near a Lancashire castle is being sought by police.

Lancashire Police said the girl was attacked after the man approached her and her friend at Clitheroe Castle's skatepark at about 14:30 BST on Friday.

A force spokesman said the man grabbed and assaulted the girl before she broke free and ran away with her friend.

The man was described as white, aged about 18, tall and of slim build, with curly brown hair.

He was also said to have a high-pitched voice with a local accent.

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Image caption Police said the man ran off towards Castle Gate

Det Insp Neil Marr said the man had entered the castle grounds from Woone Lane and escaped towards Castle Gate, and asked anyone with information about the attack to get in touch.

He said while the girls were physically unhurt in the attack, they "have understandably been left very shaken".

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