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Efit released of Withington sex attacker

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Police investigating a number of sex attacks on lone women in Withington have released an efit image of the offender.

There were 5 attacks between Monday 6 January and Saturday 25 January, in the area around Everett Road. It is believed the same offender also struck twice in March assaulting three women on Neston Avenue, Mauldeth Road, and Burton Road and again a week later on Palatine Road.

In each case, he targeted lone young women and briefly grabbed them and sexually assaulted them.

The features common in the description of the offender are he is between 5ft 5in and 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, wore a hoody and baggy jogging style bottoms. In the last four incidents he was also riding a dark coloured mountain bike.

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Police appeal to trace robbery witnesses

Police are trying to trace a couple who witnessed a robbery at a Manchester petrol station. A man entered the Shell garage on Wilmslow Road in Withington at about 10.30pm on Thursday 9th May, leapt over the counter and threatened staff with a knife.

When they refused to hand over cash he climbed back over the counter and left. Police are keen to identify a man and woman who police believe were present during the robbery.

“It is absolutely vital to stress that I do not believe the couple are in any way connected with this robbery, however they clearly witnessed what happened and we need to speak to them.

"They could provide information vital to our investigation.”

– Detective Constable Matt Smith

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 8564423, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Protest against leisure centre closure in Withington

Protesters are planning a demonstration through the centre of Withington today against the closure of the local leisure centre.

Withington Baths could close as part of cost-saving measures Credit: Press Association

Residents plan to march with placards from Withington Baths, down Wilmslow Road and finishing at Withington Library.

Councillor Jim Battle said: "We are investing £10 million in a modern replacement facility serving Withington and Chorlton and another in Levenshulme. This is in addition to the new pool, which is already in progress, for Beswick, in partnership with Sport England.

"The proposal is to close four pools - including Withington, which would avoid maintenance and running costs in the future."

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