Friday, 2 November 2012

Hunt for Lancaster underpass attackers continues, photos released

Police are again are appealing for information after a young woman was attacked and robbed by two men at knifepoint as she walked home in Lancaster last month.


An EvoFit of one of the attackers has been published and police have now released pictures of the items stolen.

The offence took place around 10.40pm on Saturday 6th October, when the 25-year-old victim was walking along Millennium Bridge towards Lune Street.

As she entered the underpass below Greyhound Bridge, she was attacked by two men who she had seen immediately before, sat on a bench by the underpass.

One of the men grabbed her from behind and pushed her against the wall, causing her to bang her head, then held a knife to her throat – while the second man removed her watch and engagement ring from her left hand and wrist followed by her bag.

During her ordeal the victim received a number of scratch marks to her face and upper body, she was also sexually assaulted and had personal items of property stolen, including a large brown deer skin bag with a gold ‘Prada’ badge embossed on it, a limited edition Cartier Tank Francaise steel watch, engagement ring, black Prada sunglasses and around £235 in cash.

Police have released items of the images and anyone that has seen them or been offered them for sale should contact police.




It is believed the men were disturbed by the headlights of a taxi that was travelling down Lune Street towards the underpass. Some items from the victim’s handbag were discarded as they made their escape.

Detective Sergeant Mark Stephens from Lancaster and Morecambe CID said: “This is a particularly violent incident against a lone woman and she has understandably been left traumatised by what has happened.

“We know that there were a number of people walking over the Millennium Bridge immediately prior to the offence and I’d ask these people contact to the police.

“I’d also urge anyone that knows any information about the incident, who can provide details of the offenders, or is aware of who the taxi driver could have been at that time to contact police quoting crime reference number BA1203350.

“I’d reassure people that we are doing everything possible to find the men responsible and have stepped up patrols in the area.”

The first man is described as being white, around 6ft tall and aged late 20’s to early 30’s.
He possibly had facial hair and was wearing a dark tracksuit with the hood up.  He was carrying a craft or Stanley knife with a bright red handle.

His accomplice was also white, around 6ft 2” tall, stocky build with defined arms and possibly mousy brown spiky hair.  He was wearing a short dark vest like top with a round neck like a tank top and had a large hand sized tattoo to his left upper arm which is described as black, solid and bold-like a tribal pattern.

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

• People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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