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A woman was sexually assaulted in a Bolton shop

August 28, 2012, 9:24 am

A woman was sexually assaulted in a Bolton shop.

It happened at the Home Bargains store on Newport Street in Bolton between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on 9 August 2012.

The woman, 20, was in the store when she was approached by the man who sexually assaulted his victim twice.

He then left the store.

Police have now issued a CCTV of the man suspected of the offence and are appealing to anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward.

He is described as being Asian, in his 40s and about 5ft 7in tall. He was of a medium build with an unshaven face and a handlebar moustache. He was wearing cream or beige traditional Asian attire which appeared unwashed and dirty and dirty white trainers. He was also wearing a blue baseball cap.

Detective Constable Stuart Round, of Bolton CID, said: “This woman was just minding her own business when she was accosted by this man who sexually assaulted her twice.

“Clearly she is very distraught that this stranger made her feel so uncomfortable and he is obviously a man who has no regard for others.

“I would ask people look very carefully at the CCTV image as he has quite a distinctive appearance and I’m sure people would recognise him if they saw him on the street. If you do, or you have information about his whereabouts, we need to hear from you.”

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police on 0161 856 0959 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary⿿s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about crime

101 – The police non-emergency number

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