Detectives investigating two sexual assaults in Rishton are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

In the latest incident a woman was approached by a man on Walmsley Avenue who inappropriately touched her on Saturday, February 7 at around 6pm.

The offender has then fled towards Station Road.

He is described as a white male aged between 18 to 25 years, around 5ft 8ins and of slim build. He was wearing a dark coloured jacket with dark trousers and he was also walking white/cream and ginger Shih Tzu type dog.

It is thought that this incident is linked to a similar assault that took place in the town at around 3.30pm on Saturday, January 24 when a teenager was approached by a man who touched her bottom.

She challenged the man who then ran off off.

DS Ian Procter, of Blackburn CID, said: “This is the second such incident which has been reported to the police in the last fortnight. Both incidents occurred late Saturday afternoon/evening and are very similar in the manner the offender has committed the assault. The descriptions given are also alike.

“I would like to reassure residents that police patrols have been increased in Rishton and I would appeal to anyone with information regarding either incident to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information should contact Police on 101 quoting incident reference 1258 of 7 February, 2015.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.