October 7, 2019
Hard to imagine a black gentleman doing such a thing.
But such a thing he apparently did.
Detectives investigating the rape of a young woman have released CCTV images of a man they believe is in Bolton and urgently want to trace as part of their enquiries.
An 18-year-old woman was attacked in the early hours on Sunday, September 22 in Preston after becoming separated from her friends.
Police say she had walked along Lancaster Road from Church Street in the city centre.
And when she reached the junction with Harris Street at the side of Sessions House, she met a man. After a brief interaction, they have walked onto Lord Street, where it is believed that the woman was raped on a grassed area.
The man has then walked off but returned to the area a few minutes later and tried to talk to the victim. He then went back on to Lancaster Road.
Following enquiries, officers believe he may have approached other women in the city centre during the evening and early hours.
Now new images have been released of a man officers wanted to speak to.
The CCTV pictures show the man travelling on the 8am Northern train from Preston to Manchester. He got off at Bolton at around 8:54am and then left the train station, heading to the bus station.
The man has then boarded the number 37 Manchester bus at bus stop X, however it is not known which stop he got off at.