Two men have been arrested after a woman, aged 18, was raped in Manchester city centre on Saturday morning.
It happened around 7am at the top of some steps down to the canal path at the back of Jutland House near Piccadilly railway station.
Officers say the woman is now being supported by specially trained officers.
Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Two men, aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of rape and remain in custody.
I understand that an incident of this nature might cause concern in the community and I want to offer reassurance that we have increased patrols in the area and officers are supporting the woman at this extremely difficult time. I am urging anyone who was in the area at the time to please come forward, as you may have information that could help the investigation.
Anybody with information is urged to contact police on 0161 856 3007, 101, quoting incident number 634 of 23/07/16, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police are investigating after a woman was raped in Salford.
Between 1am and 2am on Sunday April 12, a 33-year-old woman was walking on Worsley Road from the direction of Liverpool Road when a car stopped and the driver offered her a lift.
She got into the car before it stopped on Hall Bank. She was told to get out before she was raped on Bridgewater canal tow path.
The man then drove off. He is described as being a pale, white man, in his late 50's with dark hair that was short and thinning. He had dark eyebrows with stubble under his chin, of average build and was approximately 5'5" to 5'6" tall, wearing black jeans and a long-sleeved dark top.
This was a horrific attack on a lone woman which has been deeply traumatic for her.
We have a team of dedicated detectives working on this case who are pursuing numerous lines of enquiry to identify the person responsible.
However, we need the support from anyone who was in and around the area at that time to make contact with us.
You can contact the investigation team directly on 0161 856 5097 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
A teenage boy from Blackpool has appeared in court charged with the rape of his mother.
The 14-year-old was at Preston Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.
He was bailed to re-appear at another hearing in May. He is due to stand trial in October.
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Police appeal for help from the public after a report of rape close to the city centre. It happened between midnight and 2am on Saturday 15 February 2014 when a 43-year-old woman, who had been out with friends in the Canal Street area of Manchester, left to go home.
We are offering support to this woman after her ordeal and have launched an investigation into what happened. We do not know the exact time the woman left her friends and got into the maroon coloured car but we estimate that it would have been between midnight and 2am. We are asking anyone who was out in the Canal Street area of Manchester on Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning to think back. Do you remember seeing a maroon coloured car in the area? Do you know who may have been driving that car?
We will have an increased police presence in the city centre, particularly around Canal Street but we would remind people to use licensed taxi companies by either pre-booking or going to a designated taxi rank. Stay together on a night out and never get into an unknown car without checking it is a licensed taxi first. If unsure, go to a taxi rank particularly if you are on your own.
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 6580 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Male survivors of rape are being encouraged to come forward in a new campaign called "Breaking the Silence."
The government's providing half a million pounds in a new fund for counselling and support.
Duncan Craig, from the charity Survivors Manchester, has been working with TV soap Hollyoaks on its current storyline and the actor James Sutton who plays a rape victim. They explained why men are reluctant to come forward after an attack.
Male victims of rape are being encouraged to come forward in a new campaign called 'Breaking the Silence'.
The government is providing half a million pounds in a new fund for counselling and support.
Duncan Craig from the charity Survivors Manchester has been working with Hollyoaks on its current storyline starring the actor James Sutton who plays a rape victim.
Police investigating an attempted rape at toilets at the Arndale Centre in Manchester have traced the boy who had been targeted.
At about 4.50pm on Thursday night police received a report that a boy, aged around 12-years-old, had been approached. It was reported that the man had attempted to rape the boy.
A 68-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and remains in custody for questioning. The boy left the Arndale Centre before police arrived but has now been traced and is being spoken to by specially trained officers.
A man who raped a girl occasions over a period of more than five years has been jailed for 15 years.Andrew Furbey of no fixed address was found guilty at Manchester Crown court after he abused the girl between 2003 and 2007 starting when she was just 12 years old.
Detective Sergeant Suzanne Keenaghan said:
“This has been an extremely difficult time for the victim. She has had to suffer at the hands of Furbey for over five years. It wasn’t until she was older that she had the courage to come forward and report it to police.
“Greater Manchester Police is committed to bringing perpetrators of these serious crimes against children to justice and I hope this sentence helps her find some closure.”
Police are appealing for witnesses a 35 year old woman was raped on her way home from a night out in Colne on Saturday.
The attack happened sometime between 9.40pm and 10.15pm at the rear of Exchange Street and Blascomy Way when the woman has encountered a lone man smoking a cigarette.
It is believed the man may have been disturbed during the attack when someone has been heard speaking further up the backstreet.
This appears to be an opportunist attack on a vulnerable lone woman returning home from a night out.
“This is a vicious crime which has had a significant impact on the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers”.
“I would appeal to anybody that saw a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence or anyone that thinks they may have witnessed this incident to contact police as a matter of urgency.”
Officers are carrying out CCTV and house to house enquires but anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation should contact Lancashire Police on 101.
A 35 year old man from Colne has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently being questioned by officers.