Woman raped in Manchester city centre

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in regards to a rape in Manchester city centre.

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, was on a night out in Manchester city centre and in the early hours of Sunday 2 October 2016, she became separated from her friends. She walked beneath a railway arch, of which the location is unknown, and was raped.

Police have launched an investigation and have released a CCTV image, taken on Piccadilly Place off Aytourn Street, of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Inspector Dave Moores of GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: “People will be understandably concerned and I assure you that we have dedicated detectives working to catch the offender. If you recognise the man in the CCTV image, please get in touch with police as a matter of urgency.

“We are offering the woman specialist support at this difficult time.

“Help and support will always be there for people who come forward and report sexual offences”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 1911, 101 quoting incident number 800 2/10/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– 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.

– 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 via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

– 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.

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