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No forensic evidence has been found to confirm that a 90-year-old woman was raped in Rochdale, police have said.
“The lady in question stated she had been raped and she gave the same account when she was video interviewed," superintendent Alistair Mallen said.
“As people would expect we carried out forensic tests and these were fast-tracked overnight. At this stage no forensic evidence has been obtained."
Mr Mallen said police were continuing to investigate the full circumstances of what happened, with specially-trained officers continuing to provide support to the 90-year-old lady.
Greater Manchester Police said it felt the community needed to be made aware of the incident, amid questions about why the force decided to make a public appeal about the case.
The 90-year-old victim of a "violent rape" in Rochdale early yesterday morning was making her usual trip to the local butcher's shop, carrying "a pound in one hand and a walking stick in the other" before she was attacked, Superintendent Alistair Mallen said.
Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, said there was "a real sense of shock and horror" in the community over the rape of a 90-year-old in the town yesterday morning.
He said: "Local people are struggling to comprehend how anyone could do this. Our heart goes out to this poor woman. She must have gone through hell.
"There is a real sense of shock and horror in the community and the police need to do everything possible to catch this sick individual. But they need the help of the community and people must stand up and be counted.
"Someone somewhere will know something that can help the police and I would urge them to search their conscience and come forward to pass that information on."
Police have appealed for help in identifying a man responsible for the rape attack of a 90-year-old woman in Rochdale yesterday morning.
Superintendent Alistair Mallen from Greater Manchester Police said:
A 90-year-old woman was dragged off the street and raped yesterday morning in Rochdale at 6:45am, as she walked from her home to the butchers, police said.
In a statement, officers said the victim was walking along Spotland Road when she was attacked from behind, and dragged backwards. She then lost consciousness and woke up on the floor, before managing to walk to the butchers and call the police.
Greater Manchester police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the victim or the attacker. She was wearing a white summer dress with a floral print and a cardigan. The only description of the offender is that he was white.
A 90-year-old woman has been dragged off the street and raped in Rochdale, Greater Manchester Police said.