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4 October 2011, 11:09
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped behind a Sale community centre.
At about 5.30pm on Sunday 2 October 2011, the 21-year-old victim was walking through the park at the back of Sale West Community Centre, off Newbury Avenue, when she was grabbed from behind.
He threatened her with some kind of weapon before raping and assaulting her.
The offender is described as white early 20's, with brown eyes, bushy eyebrows, wearing a dark coloured zipped top and tracksuit bottom with white stripes. He was also believed to be wearing black gloves.
Detective Constable Aiden Kennedy, of Trafford Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: "This was a nasty attack on a lone woman during the day.
However, I'd like to reassure people we're doing all we can to find who is responsible, but we need the public's help, so if anyone has any information, they must call us.
I'd also like to point out that it is advisable for women to take precautions for their own safety, such as remaining aware of your surroundings - even during daylight hours - and to avoid taking shortcuts."
Anyone with information is asked to call Trafford Serious Sexual Offences Unit on 0161 856 7573, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.