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A 75-year-old Oldham woman’s been raped in her own home.
It happened at her home on Unsworth Way in Oldham at about 6pm on Saturday 7 January 2012.
A man came into the block of flats where the woman lives and pressed her buzzer. She went downstairs and was confronted by the man, who said he needed to go to her flat to see if any work needed doing.
The woman refused to let him in but the offender was persistent and managed to get through the door and followed the pensioner back upstairs to her flat.
After checking every room in the flat, the man told the woman to go into her bedroom. She initially refused fearing she would be attacked, but was then raped by the offender.
He then fled from the flat.
The woman reported the attack to a family member the following day.
Police are also investigating whether the same man tried to get into another Woman’s flat on Grisebeck Way around 6:30pm on the same day, but was refused.
The offender is described as white, between 25 and 35-years-old, between 5ft 7in and 6ft tall and of a medium build. He was clean shaven with short hair, and appeared to speak with a local accent.
Detective Inspector Danny Inglis, from the Oldham Volume Crime Team, said: "First I want to try and reassure members of this community who will undoubtedly be anxious following this senseless and appalling attack on a vulnerable woman.
"The reason we have publicised this rape is to alert residents to what happened so they can take every available precaution and to help us catch this offender. Make no mistake, the man we are looking for is a coward. To rape a 75-year-old woman in her own home is truly despicable and we need to catch this man and lock him away for a very long time.