A man has been jailed for nine years after a woman was raped and assaulted in Blackburn.
Luke Clark, 24, of HMP Altcourse, but formerly of Peridot Close, Blackburn, was sentenced on Thursday (July 25) at Preston Crown Court, having previously pleaded guilty to rape, false imprisonment and ABH.
The incident occurred on December 8th last year at an address in the town. Clark attended the property before assaulting the victim and raping her.
He had previously locked the front door and hidden the key, with the victim eventually escaping by climbing out of a ground floor window.
DC Alex Summers, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Clark locked the victim in the address and then subjected her to a vicious and prolonged assault, before raping her. The victim has shown immense bravery reporting it to police and I am thankful she has not had to relive the ordeal in court.
“I am now satisfied with Clark’s sentence and hope it sends a message that we will not tolerate this type of crime in Lancashire. I also hope it brings the victim some comfort and she is able to start moving forward with her life.
“At Lancashire Constabulary we take all reports of sexual offences seriously and anybody who has been a victim of this type of crime is urged to report it to us safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally at all times.”
Anybody who wants to report a sexual offence to us can do so by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.