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1 January 2013, 09:25
A woman has been raped at her home in Hyde during a burglary.
The victim, who is in her 60s, was asleep at about 4.35am on Monday 31 December 2012, when she was woken up by a noise coming from the kitchen.
She went to investigate and was confronted by a young man who was standing in the hallway between the living room and the kitchen.
He demanded money and jewellery and threatened to rape her if she didn't hand over what he asked for.
He then pushed her into the living room and raped her before forcing her to hand over a small amount of cash, a necklace and a ring. He then left.
The offender is described as white, about 5ft 5in tall with dark eyebrows, a grey ‘hoodie’ with black panels and wearing a scarf covering the lower part of his face.
Detective Chief Inspector Jill Clarke, of the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said:
"This investigation is at a very early stage, but from the initial account this appears to be an horrific attack on a woman in her own home.
"The victim is now being supported by specially trained officers and I want to reassure her and the wider community that we will not rest until we catch this criminal.
“We can only imagine what this poor woman has been through. Your own house is the one place you should always feel safe, but the sanctity of this victim’s home has now been doubly violated."