Manchester canal attack: Woman viciously raped after losing friends on night out

Police are appealing for information after a young woman was viciously raped on a Manchester canal footpath earlier this month.

The incident occured shortly after 3am on Saturday March 7 on the footpath between Minshull Street and Dale Street.

The 23-year-old victim was approached by a man and raped as she walked alone down the canal after losing her friends during a night out on Canal Street.

Detective Constable Steve Darragh from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: “As you can imagine, this woman is devastated by what has happened to her and we are determined to identify her attacker and arrest him for what he has done.

“We are asking for the public’s help to do this as we know there were a number of men in the area at the time this attack was taking place.”

Police have described the victim as a 5ft 5in tall female of a medium build and with long dark hair.

They have also reported that she was wearing a light coloured hair band, light jeans and dark upper clothing on the night of the incident.

DC Darrah added: “We believe someone will have seen this offender either before or after the incident, or maybe even witnessed the offence itself.”

“If you did see anything, or you remember seeing the victim in this area, please get in touch with us – you may think your information is trivial but it could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police in the Serious Sexual Offences Unit on 0161 856 1831 or are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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