Kearsley: Investigation after woman reportedly raped near Blackleach Country Park

A woman was reportedly raped last night near a popular country park.

Detectives were called to the scene on Kearsley on a motorway bridge connecting the town to Blackleach Country Park at around 11.30pm on Wednesday after reports that a woman had been sexually assaulted.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing police tape near seen still there this morning.

Bolton CID’s Detective Inspector Tony Lunt said: “We are appealing to anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time to contact police.

“The victim is being supported by specialist officers, and we have several lines of inquiry that we are actively pursuing.”

The motorway bridge connects Kearsley with Blackleach Country Park.

The park is a popular location both day and night for both male and female visitors.

It is often used by dog ​​walkers and families during the day, with the road often used as a cut through for people going between Kearsley and Walkden.

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 0161 856 5757 quoting incident 3489 of 11/05/22.

Information can also be reported online or by using GMP’s LiveChat function at

Alternatively, witnesses can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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