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Woman raped in Salford - Can you help?

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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.

– Detective Inspector Benjamin Hart

You can contact the investigation team directly on 0161 856 5097 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


Police appeal after Canal Street rape

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?

– Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, Greater Manchester Police

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.

– Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 6580 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A new campaign to support male rape survivors

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.

Hollyoaks actor helps launch male rape awareness campaign

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 trace boy, 12, targeted for rape at Arndale Centre

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.

Man jailed after raping child for 5 years

Andrew Furbey Credit: GMP

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.”

Appeal after woman raped in Colne

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.”

– Detective Inspector Jim Elston

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.

Woman raped outside Royal British Legion

The victim was attacked outside the Royal British Legion in Levenshulme Credit: ITV

A woman has been raped outside the Royal British Legion in Levenshulme, Manchester.

The victim, in her 40s, was dragged into the Legion's car park as she walked home in the early hours of Sunday 7 July.

She was approached by a man on Ross Avenue at around 2am. He walked with her for a short time, then grabbed her and attacked.

The rapist was black, in his 30s, 5ft 8in tall and slim. He wore glasses.

Detective Sergeant Claire Phythian based at Harpurhey Police Station said: “The man started a conversation with the victim and walked with her before dragging her into a secluded area. As you can imagine, the victim has been left terribly shaken."

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