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8 February 2011, 10:34
An 18-year-old woman has been physically and sexually assaulted in Urmston.
At about 8.30am on Friday 4th February 2011 the young woman was walking along an alleyway between Church Road and Flixton Road in Urmston.
She was approached from behind by her attacker, who pushed her against a fence and then subjected her to a vicious physical and sexual assault.
Police think the victim's screams caused her attacker to run off towards Church Road. He is described as a white man, in his late 40s, about 5ft 7ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a dark coloured hat and coat.
Detective Inspector Jane Curran said: "This was an unprovoked attack on a local young woman that has understandably left the victim and her family deeply upset. Neighbourhood and specialist officers have been working closely with the victim, local schools, residents and councillors as part of a thorough investigation to identify the person responsible for this attack.
"I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency. Your call will be treated with the strictest of confidence.
"I would urge people to be aware of their surroundings, avoid short cuts and not walk alone where possible.
"I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency. Your call will be treated with the strictest of confidence."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Public Protection Investigation Unit on 0161 856 7573, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.