GMP release image of man in connection with city centre sexual assault

Police have released another image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a series of sexual assaults in Manchester city centre.

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.

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.

On Wednesday 2 March at 4.20am a 21-year-old woman was waiting for a taxi on Oldham Street at the junction of Piccadilly Gardens, when a man approached her. The man engaged her in conversation and waited for a short while, before sexually assaulting her.

The victim challenged the perpetrator and he ran off making his way towards London Road. The man is described as an Asian man in his late 20’s – he was wearing a blue jacket with the hood up and was carrying an umbrella. Police believe the same man is responsible for all three incidents.

Previously, police reported an incident that happened on Sunday 14 February. A 21-year-old woman was walking on Minshull Street when she was sexually assaulted. However police now do not believe that the same man is responsible for this sexual assault, and no one has been arrested for this attack.

Detective constable Steve Lowton of GMP’s City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team has stated, “We are continuing to investigate this series of sexual assaults and have released another image in the hope that somebody may recognise the man”.

Mr. Lowton also remarked “We no longer believe the same man is responsible for the incident that happened on Sunday 14 February, but are continuing to investigate all incidents and are determined to find whoever is targeting women in the city centre. We are urging girls and women not to make their way home alone after a night out, please try and stay together with friends, and always use licensed transport to get home”.


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