Police have undertaken an investigation after three women were sexually assaulted in Manchester city centre, in separate incidents.
Between 3.30am and 3.45am on Saturday 30 January a 19-year-old woman was walking on Oxford Road when a man approached her. He put his arm around her and sexually assaulted her, before following her on to Whitworth Street and attempting to assault her again. The woman managed to shrug him off and escape.
The man who police are searching for is described as Asian, in his late 20s-early 30s and clean-shaven. He was wearing a dark bubble coat and dark jeans. He was also carrying an umbrella from outdoor clothing company Blacks, with the logo on. Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with this incident.
In addition at around 4am on Saturday 6 February a 22-year-old woman was walking on Kent Road West in Manchester when a man approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her. The woman struggled and the fugitive sexually assaulted her again, but she managed to break free and the man fled.
Lastly between 1.50am and 2.05am on Sunday 14 February a 21-year-old woman was walking on Minshull Street in Manchester when a man approached her. He asked for her phone number and when she declined the man followed her down the street. He sexually assaulted her before fleeing in the direction of Canal Street.
Police believe the same man is liable for all three incidents.
Detective Constable Steve Lowton of the North Manchester division has stated “We have specially trained officers supporting the women at this difficult time. People will be understandably concerned about what happened and I want to assure you that we are doing all we can to find the man responsible”.
Mr. Lowton also revealed “the man was carrying an umbrella that is about nine years old and quite rare. If you know someone who has the umbrella in the photos and you recognise the description of the man please get in touch with police”.
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