Crimestoppers offer £2,000 for information which convicts Lancaster nightclub rapist

Detectives released this e-fit of the man they want to speak to about the rape of a student in Lancaster's Sugarhouse club.

Detectives released this e-fit of the man they want to speak to about the rape of a student in Lancaster's Sugarhouse club.

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Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to £2,000 for information which leads to the conviction of a man who raped a woman in a Lancaster nightclub.

The independent charity - which people can contact without giving their name - said it wanted to encourage people to come forward if they knew anything about the “terrible crime“.

An 18-year-old student was raped as she was leaving a toilet in the Sugarhouse at around 12.30am on Tuesday, October 1, during a freshers event for new students.

The victim, who had only arrived in the city to study at Lancaster University days before, was pushed back inside a cubicle by a man and attacked.

She managed to fend him off before running from the toilets to raise the alarm.

The woman described him as white, roughly 6ft tall with blond hair and aged 18 to 30 years old.

He was said to be wearing a light-coloured, short-sleeved top with no collar, but he may also have been wearing a long-sleeved shirt or jacket and darker trousers.

Crimestoppers’ regional manager for the North West, Gary Murray, said: “The charity is putting up this reward in hope that someone will share information on this terrible crime anonymously.

“This innocent victim has been put through an awful ordeal and those responsible need to face justice for their callous actions.

“If you know anything at all about this incident we plead with you to please do the right thing and give information anonymously via 0800 555 111 or complete an anonymous form on www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No one will ever know who you are.”

Only information given directly to Crimestoppers will be eligible for the reward.

Meanwhile, Lancashire Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Detectives released an e-fit of a man they said the wanted to speak to on November 5.