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Police hunt rapist who attacked student as she walked home from Manchester city centre

October 28, 2014, 12:23 pm

Police are hunting a rapist who attacked a student as she walked home from a night out in the city centre.

At around 3.40am on Saturday 25 October 2014, the 19-year old victim was walking down Ladybarn Lane in Fallowfield when she was approached by a man who offered to walk her home.

She asked him to leave her alone, but he continued to pester her as she walked, trying to grab her and talk to her as she made her way down Ladybarn Lane travelling towards Whitby Road.

The man then dragged the victim down an alleyway that runs between Whitby Road and Filey Road, groping her and trying to kiss her before finally raping her.

The offender is described as black or Asian, about 5ft 9in tall with a slim build and very short black hair. He was clean shaven and was wearing baggy blue or grey jeans and a long-sleeved top.

Detective Inspector Damian Simpson, of the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “This was a harrowing and deeply distressing attack for the young woman and we will be providing support to her throughout this difficult and traumatic time.

“That support is being given by specially-trained officers and we will continue to offer whatever assistance she and her family need in the coming days and weeks.

“The attack will obviously raise concerns in the community and especially among the student community and I would like to assure the public that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that we catch this man as quickly as possible.

“However, that process will be made all the quicker if we receive some help and assistance from the public, and in particular anyone who may have seen someone matching the above description in the area at the time of the attack.

“If you heard a woman scream around the time of the attack, or saw a man walking around in the area at the time please contact us as soon as possible with any information you may have.

“We will also be increasing patrols in this area over the coming days and weeks to provide a visible reassurance on the ground for residents.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, the Serious Sexual Offences Unit on 0161 856 1945 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– 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.

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