Man, 23, raped and robbed in Manchester’s Gay Village

A young man was raped and robbed as he walked through Manchester’s Gay Village in the early hours of the morning.

The incident occurred when the 23-year-old was walking down Brazil Street – which runs parallel to Canal Street – at around 4:30am on Wednesday, October 19.

Greater Manchester Police are now appealing for information after the victim revealed how he was approached by another man in the early hours.

The pair walked together for a short distance before the offender raped and robbed him in a doorway on the street.

During the incident, the victim had his watch and ring stolen before watching his attacker run off into the direction of Whitworth Street.

The offender is described as Asian, around 5ft 10ins, about 30-years-old, of medium build with short styled facial hair and dark black short hair. 

It is believed that he speaks little English and was wearing a black jacket and grey bottoms when he struck.

Detective Inspector David Moores, from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “We are currently reviewing CCTV from the area and are carrying out a number of enquiries.

“I would like to reassure the public we are doing everything possible to find the man responsible for this and I would urge anyone who may have witnessed something to please contact us.

“We are offering the victim specialist support at this difficult time and he has shown immense bravery in coming forward.

“Help and support will always be there for people who want to come forward and report sexual offences or speak to someone about concerns they may have.

“If you saw a man matching this description in the area around the time of the offence, then please also report it as any information could be key to our investigation.”

The incident is the latest in a string of violent attacks to have taken place in the city centre.

Earlier this month, police launched an investigation after a woman was raped on Peter Street.

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 1911, quoting incident number 221 of 19 October 2016 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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