Claims Man Raped In Rochdale

Police in Rochdale are investigating after claims a man was raped near Halfpenny Bridge.

Shortly after 5.15pm on Monday 28 November 2011, police were called to Richard Street in Rochdale following a report that a 32-year-old man had been raped.

The attack happened near to Halfpenny Bridge, which is located between Oldham Road and Richard Street.
As the victim was walking down the path from Oldham Road towards Richard Street, he saw two men walking towards him.
One of the men said something to the victim and so he turned around to walk away from them.
As he did, he was grabbed from behind and thrown to the floor. One of the men then raped him.
The two men then ran off towards Tweedale Street.

Inquiries into this incident are ongoing.

Both men are described as being black, around 5ft 6in tall, of medium build and had short hair.  Both wore dark hooded tops.

Detective Constable Dave Gill from Rochdale CID said: “Incidents like this are rare and I would like to reassure members of the community that we are determined to find who is responsible for this horrendous attack.
“I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the attack or been in the area at the time to contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at Rochdale CID on 0161 856 8798 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.