A WOMAN was subjected to a terrifying sex attack after a four-strong gang tricked their way into her home in Warrington.
The incident has prompted police to issue a warning to all women in the county to be on their guard.
It is understood that at least two of the intruders took part in the assault, which detectives last night described as "appalling".
The victim was alone in her home in the Bewsey area when she answered a knock at her front door and was confronted by the gang.
They claimed to be friends of a member of her family.
Det Sgt Peter Cash, of Warrington CID, said: "This was an appalling attack.
"The victim was subjected to a serious sexual assault in her own home, the one place everyone assumes to be a safe environment.
"I would urge people in the area to be on their guard and only to let strangers into their home if the are completely sure about their motives.
Det Sgt Cash said the victim was extremely traumatised and had yet to give full details of her ordeal, which took place between 10pm and midnight on Thursday.
He added: "This began as an apparently innocent visit to the victim's house. The men were not known to the victim but asked to see a member of her family who does not live at that address. She had no reason to suspect they were lying and allowed them inside.
"The men spent several hours in the house, during which time the atmosphere gradually changed from friendly to threatening.
"Following the assault the victim was deeply traumatised and did not notify police or go to the hospital until the following day."
The woman, who has now been discharged from hospital, is being cared for by her family.
Police say they want to trace four men who were seen in the Bewsey area of Warrington, prior to the assault taking place.
All the men were white, aged in their 20s and were dressed in casual clothing.
Anyone with information should contact the CID at Warrington on 01244 613845.