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8 December 2011, 12:39
A woman has been violently sexually assaulted as she walked home in Stockport.
At around 3am on Saturday 3 December 2011, the 28-year-old was walking along the footbridge, just off Reservoir Road, Edgeley Road, Edgeley when she was approached by a man from behind.
He grabbed her and strangled her until she passed out and then sexually assaulted her before stealing her mobile phone.
The woman was left with a broken nose and severe bruising
The man is described as wearing a blue hooded top and spoke with a local accent. It is likely the top would have been blood stained.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Warren from the Major Incident Team said: "We currently have a team of officers working on this case and I would like to reassure the community we are doing all we can to try and find out who is responsible for this horrible crime.
"Police patrols have increased in the area and I would urge anyone who has any worries to speak to their local officer.
"We do need the public's help and I would urge anyone who may have been walking in or around the Alexandra Park area and saw the attack or saw a man acting suspiciously to contact us as soon as possible.
"I would advise women not to walk alone in this area and would ask anyone who has been approached by a man and not reported it, to get in touch."
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 0231 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.