Man robbed and raped in Manchester city centre

A man was robbed and then raped in Manchester city centre.

The 21-year-old man was walking home at about 3am near London Road, Piccadilly on Saturday 16th March when the offender threatened him with a bottle, demanding his mobile phone and cash, which the victim handed over.

The man was then raped by the offender, who is described as being white, 5ft 7in tall, in his mid 30s and with a shaved head.

He was wearing a dark coat, dark jeans and dirty white trainers. He spoke with a local accent. Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

"This young man has been left devastated by this attack.

"The city was very busy at this time with revellers trying to get home, so I would urge anyone who may have seen this incident, or who may have seen anything suspicious to call us.

"We have launched a thorough investigation into this incident and have made it a priority to find the man responsible for this attack.

"We have an excellent relationship with the community of Manchester's Gay Village and will harness these links to help us investigate this crime and offer reassurance on the ground."

– Detective Inspector Damian Simpson

Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 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.