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Patrols stepped up after teenager sexually assaulted in Stalybridge

Police patrols are being stepped up in Stalybridge after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted.

A 17 year old girl was assaulted by a man on a pathway off Knowl Street shortly before 4pm onTuesday 22 May.

The teenager had been walking down Knowl Street when she got to the junction of Stamford Street and noticed a man. As she continued walking and went down a pathway which leads to the canal, she felt the man behind her.

He grabbed her and then sexually assaulted her.

The victim screamed and the man ran off along the canal towards Huddersfield Road.

A 17 year old girl was assaulted by a man on a pathway off Knowl Street. Credit: Google Earth

Description

  • white
  • in his late teens to early 20s
  • slim build
  • around 6ft tall
  • shoulder-length brown hair
  • thought to be wearing a dark t-shirt and carrying a white plastic bag

Chief Superintendent Neil Evans, GMP’s Territorial Commander for Tameside, said: “Understandably this incident is going to cause concern and I want to assure people that we have dedicated detectives working to catch the offender and we will also be increasing patrols in the area.

The victim – who has been extremely brave and helpful to this investigation – is being offered support by specially trained officers during this difficult time.

This is an extremely serious offence and we have been knocking on doors, trawling the area and recovering CCTV to uncover as much information as possible.

– Chief Superintendent Neil Evans
Extra patrols have been stepped up in the area. Credit: PA

Police say the area is popular with dog walkers and I would urge anyone who saw a man matching the description by the canal to please call police.

If you believe you saw the man in the area before or after, then again please contact us urgently.

We need to find this man and we will do everything in our power to do so.

– Chief Superintendent Neil Evans

Anyone with any information should call Tameside CID on 0161 856 9262.Information can be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.