Man in court over rape of woman in Preston on New Year's Day

A man has appeared in court accused of raping a woman who had been out celebrating the new year in Lancashire.

The alleged rape happened between 02:00 GMT and 03:00 in the vicinity of Lady Street, Preston, on 1 January.

Alessandro Astarita, 26, of no fixed abode, appeared at Preston Magistrates' Court earlier.

Mr Astarita was remanded in custody by Preston magistrates until his next hearing at Preston Crown Court on 22 January.

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