Sexual Assaults Manchester
March 7, 2013, 11:58 am
Police are investigating three rapes and a sexual assault in the Fairfield Street area of Manchester city centre last night, Tuesday 5 March 2013.
A man raped three women and sexually assaulted another in separate incidents between 8.30pm and 10.30pm.
The first incident, on North Western Street, was reported at around 8.40pm. A short while later, at around 9pm, a second incident was reported off Palmerson Street.
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Later, at about 10.20pm, a third incident was reported on Betley Street, followed shortly by the final incident which happened near Every Street.
It is believed all four offences are linked.
Police were quickly on the scene and following the last incident a 33-year-old man was arrested on a bus heading out of Manchester. He was arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently in police custody.
Police are appealing for witnesses and information.
Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said: “These are very serious sexual attacks involving violence and we are very seriously concerned. Thankfully none of the women suffered serious injuries but they are understandably traumatised.
“We are working closely with specially trained officers to obtain their accounts so that we can bring the person responsible to justice. The women describe themselves as sex workers and we are treating these incidents as clearly linked attacks upon them.
“It is absolutely vital if anyone witnessed any of these incidents or saw a man acting suspiciously in the Piccadilly Trading Estate from around 8pm till 10.30pm last night that they contact police.
“We know this area is frequented by street sex workers and those that use them. I want to reassure people, whether sex workers or users, that all I am interested in is bringing the person who did these horrible attacks to justice. I promise that anyone who does come forward will be treated with discretion and any information will be treated sensitively.
“I implore anyone who knows anything about these attacks to come forward. I assure you our focus is purely on identifying the attacker.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information about these incidents, or for anyone else who may have been a victim, to contact police urgently on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Greater Manchester Police is working with Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH) to support women who may have been a victim. Anyone who has been a victim can contact MASH on 0161 273 4555.
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