A teenage girl was assaulted in broad daylight at a popular dog-walking spot near school playing fields.
The 13-year-old was walking along White Path, next to Norden High School fields, Great Harwood, when a man ran up to her, grabbed her and threw to the ground. He then ran away towards nearby football pitches.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the unprovoked attack on Wednesday 29 June at around 3pm.
The attacker is described as white, aged in his early 20s and around 5ft 6ins, of a stocky build with cropped brown hair. He was wearing a blue vest top with black pants and trainers.
Det Sgt Paul Langley, from Hyndburn CID, said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened to come forward and contact police. I am also keen to hear from people who perhaps saw the offender fleeing the scene. It was a sunny afternoon and the area is often frequented by walkers and people walking their dogs.
“Naturally the victim has been left feeling very shaken following her ordeal and we have specially trained officers working with her to piece together what happened.
“Patrols have been stepped up in the area and I would reassure the local community that we are doing everything possible to track down the offender. Should anyone have information that can assist this investigation then I would ask them to contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Hyndburn CID on 01254 353741 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.