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Preston student stripped and assaulted at UCLan university halls


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Police have launched a hunt for four men they wish to speak to in regards to a sexual assault that took place at a university halls in Preston.

University of Central Lancashire buildings in Preston

The 19-year-old victim had gone to visit a friend at Sanctuary Students in Moor Lane, Preston, at around 10.15pm on Thursday March 2nd. But once there, he was attacked by four men. He attempted to escape and was dragged back inside.

Two more men arrived and the victim was punched, forced to strip and assaulted.

The gang threatened the victim and demanded cash from him before leaving the flat.

When he managed to escape, having suffered injuries to his face and nose, he called the police.

Sanctuary Students is a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) residence hall. 

“This was a sickening and abhorrent attack,” said Det Con Richard Clancy, from Preston CID, “where the victim was lured to an address in Preston before being assaulted and threatened. The incident has left the 19-year-old very shaken, and it’s crucial we find those responsible.

“Following CCTV enquiries, we want to speak to these four men in connection with the offences. Intelligence suggests that the men might be from the Greater Manchester area, possibly Rochdale.”

They are advising that, should anyone recognise these men, they get in contact immediately.

Anyone with information is being urged to call police on 101, quoting crime reference SA1703005 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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