Lancaster nightclub toilet rape: Detectives release CCTV images

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Detectives investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman in a Lancaster nightclub toilet have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.

The woman, on a student night out in the city, was confronted by a man as she left the toilet at the Sugarhouse and pushed back inside where she was raped.

It happened at around 12.30am on Tuesday (October 1) when the venue was packed with hundreds of revellers.

After the assault, the woman managed to fend off her attacker before running from the toilets to raise the alarm.

As a team of detectives continue their inquiries, she is being supported by specialist officers.

Detective Inspector Andy Hulme, from Lancashire Police’s Major Investigation Team, said: “I have a dedicated team of detectives working on this case as we continue to try and find the person responsible.

“We are keen to speak with a man captured on CCTV inside the Sugarhouse. I appreciate it isn’t the best quality CCTV, but if anybody thinks they know who this person is then I would urge them to contact police.

“If you recall seeing this person on the night in question, perhaps you saw him on the dance floor, or more importantly making his way towards and enter the ladies’ toilets, then please come forward.

“We are also keen to speak with a second-year female student who is believed to be studying law at Lancaster University and possibly spoke with the victim in the ladies’ toilets around the time of the incident. If this was you please come forward.

“There were around 1,400 people in the club that night and once again I would like to reiterate our appeal to speak to any women who remember a man walking into the ladies’ toilets, or who saw a man in there, or who heard any shouting.

“If any men were in the ladies’ toilets for any reason we would also like them to come forward so we can speak to them and eliminate them from our enquiries.

“We are continuing to support the young woman who has suffered a particularly distressing ordeal and once again I would like to reassure people that sexual assaults of this nature are rare.”

Anybody with any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 0028 of October 1, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.