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Arrests over homophobic assault in Manchester

Police have made two arrests in connection with a homophobic assault in Manchester City Centre.

A 20-year-old woman and a man, aged 29, have been arrested on suspicion of an aggravated homophobic assault and remain in police custody for questioning.

The attack happened on Saturday, November 1, when the 25-year-old victim was on the tram travelling to Manchester and an argument began between him and another man.

When the victim got off the tram at Manchester Piccadilly tram stop, the man followed him and shouted at him.

The victim was then approached by a group of between 10 and 20 people and was punched and kicked until he lost consciousness and the group fled the scene.

We are still appealing for people to come forward with information and I would urge anyone who witnessed the attack to speak to police.

“The victim was attacked in a busy place and someone may have seen something and have some key information that could help our investigation.”

– Detective Constable Tim Greenwood, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 0161 856 3229 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Piccadilly knife victim lucky to be alive after "ferocious" attack

The scene of the attack in Piccadilly Gardens. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Police say the victim of a stabbing in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens was subjected to a "ferocious" attack.

A 40-year-old man remains in hospital after the attack at 10.20pm on Monday.

He suffered wounds to his neck and stomach but his condition is described as "stable".

Greater Manchester Police said the offender is described as male, black, between 16 and 21 years old, with scars on his face.

“The man was stabbed with such ferocity that his windpipe was cut and it is fortunate we are not investigating this as a murder.

“While we are continuing to explore all avenues in respect of a possible motive what I would say is that this was not a random attack and the person injured was deliberately targeted.

“If anyone can help shed light on why that may have been I would urge them to call us. “Additionally, if anyone witnessed the incident and is yet to speak to us or has information about the offender please get in touch.”

– Detective Inspector Liam Boden, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3221.


E-fit appeal after an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted the street

Do you know this man? An E-fit image of the suspect. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Police have have released an E-fit of a suspected wanted after an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted the street in Manchester.

The incident happened outside a shop on Northmoor Road in Longsight at around 5.45pm on Tuesday, October 28.

The man approached the girl from behind and sexually assaulted her, before running away towards along Northmoor Road towards Crowcroft Park.

The girl ran off and police were informed.

The man is described as Asian, about 30-years-old, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 7in tall, of skinny build and has dark hair and short stubble.

He was wearing a black fleece and black trousers.

Thankfully, the child was not hurt, but she is understandably distressed and we are determined to find this man.

We are hopeful that someone will recognise the man in the E-fit and I would urge you to contact police immediately if you do.

I would also encourage parents to talk to their children about not talking to strangers and I want to stress to kids that if they approached in this manner to walk away and tell an adult."

– Detective Inspector Adrian Gallagher, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Praise for child protection agencies after arrests

The children's charity Barnados has praised communications between the child protection agencies following the arrest of eleven people. Nine men and two women are being questioned in connection with child sexual exploitation in Longsight, Greater Manchester as part of an Operation codenamed, Heliodor. Sue Cuffe is Barnados Assistant Director.

Report: Patrols stepped up after rape in Fallowfield

Police are stepping up patrols around Manchester's student areas after a series of rapes.

In the latest attack a student was dragged down an alley and raped in Fallowfield early Saturday morning.

Greater Manchester Police said it was a "harrowing and deeply distressing attack".

Ralph Blunsom reports:


Sexual exploitation offences "centred on Longsight"

Advice on tackling child sexual exploitation - where to find help

An image of the It's Not Okay website.
  • Visit for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it.
  • To speak to the police's Protect team email: or call 0161 226 4196.
  • Anyone who is concerned about a child or young person should call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in emergencies, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • For more information about Barnardo’s visit you are a child and you want to speak to someone in confidence about any issue that is upsetting you, you can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or go to to chat to a counsellor in confidence.
  • If you are an adult and you have concerns about a child you can speak to the NSPCC adult helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email

New campaign 'It's Not Okay' campaign against child sexual exploitation

Today's arrests were part of an operation code-named Op Heliodor, which was launched to combat child sexual exploitation and part of Project Phoenix - the campaign tackling CSE across Greater Manchester.

The team is made up of police, children’s services, health services, and Barnardos and covers Salford and Manchester area.

“We are pleased to be at the heart of an inter-agency partnership in Greater Manchester tackling child sexual exploitation; supporting and enabling young people to speak out and providing child victims of sexual exploitation with appropriate, long term support.”

– Lynn Perry MBE, Regional Director for Barnardo’s.

Greater Manchester Police said the arrests came after a week of action to "help prevent child sexual exploitation and raise awareness of the issue" and the launch of the campaign – “It’s Not Okay”.

The campaign hopes to protect children at risk by increasing people’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs of CSE.

Click here to find out more about It's Not Okay.

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