'No forensic evidence' that 90-year-old was raped in Rochdale

No forensic evidence has been found to confirm that a 90-year-old woman was raped in Rochdale, police have said.

'No forensic evidence' that 90-year-old was raped

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.

A 90-year-old woman claimed she was raped as she walked to a local shop in Rochdale. Credit: PA

“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.

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'Sense of shock and horror' over Rochdale attack

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.

Spotland Road in Rochdale, where police say a 90-year-old woman was dragged off the road and raped at around 6.45am yesterday.
Spotland Road in Rochdale, where police say a 90-year-old woman was dragged off the road and raped at around 6.45am yesterday. Credit: PA

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."

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Police appeal after 'horrific rape of 90-year-old woman'

Police have appealed for help in identifying a man responsible for the rape attack of a 90-year-old woman in Rochdale yesterday morning.

Read: Elderly woman 'raped yesterday morning on the way to the shops'

Superintendent Alistair Mallen from Greater Manchester Police said:

I am sure the entire community will share our revulsion at this. The victim has been through an horrific ordeal and we are all hoping she can make a full recovery.

I now want people, including the criminal fraternity, to imagine if that had been your mum or grandma. I want to harness these feelings and use them to help the police do their job - catch this man and put him before the courts.

So, this happened in a busy part of town at the start of a normal working day. Did you see the lady walking down Spotland Road before 7am yesterday and, if so, did you see anyone else nearby.

It may not have struck you as significant at the time, but please, if you saw anything or anyone that you think could be relevant then please call the police.

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Elderly woman 'raped yesterday morning'

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.

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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.

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