Chorley woman allegedly sexually assaulted after being lured into car by food delivery driver

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A 23-year-old woman has allegedly been sexually assaulted by a food delivery driver in Chorley.


Police said the woman had been walking near Railway Road when she became lost in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 14).

Police are particularly keen to speak to the pictured cyclist (below) as a potential key witness

Police are particularly keen to speak to the pictured cyclist (below) as a potential key witness

The woman told police she had carried on walking and had flagged down a passing vehicle for help.

Between midnight and 1am, a car stopped and the driver invited the woman into his car.

According to the victim, the driver then made two stops whilst she was in the car, to deliver food to homes around the Railway Road and Corporation Street area.

Whilst she was in the car, the woman said she was sexually assaulted by the man before she was pushed out of the car in Clayton-le-Woods.

Police believe the cyclist pictured could provide vital information for the investigation

Police believe the cyclist pictured could provide vital information for the investigation

The distressed woman was found a short time later, at around 2.10am, by a member of the public in Ashdown Drive.

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Detective Inspector Jason Richardson said: "This has been extremely traumatic for the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers.

"We know that this will be very concerning for people but we would like to reassure you that incidents of this nature are rare.

"We are taking this very seriously and have a team of detectives working on the investigation. Patrols have been increased in the area.

"We are in the early stages of our investigation and are asking for the public to come forward with any information that could assist us.

"If you live on or in the close vicinity of Railway Road and Corporation Street and received a food delivery between midnight and 1am, we would like to hear from you."

The driver is described as a man, approximately 30-years-old, potentially Middle Eastern in appearance, of a short and stocky build.

The woman said he had dark, curly black hair, a full beard and brown eyes and was softly spoken with no regional accent.

He was wearing a leather jacket and jeans.

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Police are keen to trace anyone with information who may be able to help.

Detective Inspector Richardson added: "We are particularly keen to speak to a cyclist (pictured) as a potential key witness.

"The victim spoke to him on Corporation Street, close to the junction with Railway Road before she flagged down the car shortly after midnight.

"If you are the cyclist in the picture, we need to hear from you.

"You’re not in any trouble, but you could provide vital information to our investigation."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log number 180 of July 14.