13 Year Old Girl Raped In Gorton

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses after a 13 year old girl was raped.

The girl was walking home from school in Gorton yesterday afternoon between 3.30pm and 4pm on Monday 16th May. She was walking through a field between Lonsight Road and Butterwick Close when a man approached her and dragged her into bushes before raping her.

He then ran off and the victim went home and told her family about what happened.  Specially trained detectives have been speaking to the girl as their inquiries continue.

The offender is described as a black man in his early 20s, about 5ft 6in tall, with short hair. He was wearing a grey tracksuit.

Superintendent Stuart Barton said: "We are in the early stages of this investigation and we are urging anyone who may have seen the victim being grabbed, or the offender running away, to contact us.

"The victim has been left traumatised by what happened but trained officers have been speaking to her and she has fully supported our investigation.
"We understand that this incident will cause some concern in the community but we are treating this as an isolated incident.

"We also have an increased police presence to provide reassurance.

"Furthermore, we are exploring all possible avenues to trace the offender.

"While a teenager should never be subjected to such an attack when walking home from school in the afternoon, we would like to remind girls and women of some very basic steps for their safety.

"They should stick to busy roads, walk with others where possible and take public transport if they can."

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