1. ITV Report

Drone could have captured the moment a woman was raped in a broad daylight attack

The woman was attacked in Amberswood Nature Reserve in Wigan. Credit: Google Earth

Police investigating after a woman was raped in broad daylight say that a drone could provide vital evidence.

The victim, aged in her twenties, was walking along a path through woodland at Amberswood Nature Reserve, near Hindley in Wigan, on Sunday 18 February.

Two men began to follow her. Police said as she turned a corner, two other men were stood in front of her. She was then raped.

Police are asking anyone who was flying a drone in the area to contact them. Credit: PA

Police have said a member of the public was flying a drone in the area at the time, and may have inadvertently captured footage or images.

They have now appealed for the pilot to come forward.

Detectives also want to trace and speak with a number of potentially key witnesses - a person wearing a white coloured coat who was in the area at the time and two people who were walking a dog.

We’re following a number of lines of enquiry but we need anyone who may have heard or seen something out of the ordinary to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

I appreciate this is a remote area of land but it is a place where a lot of people go for a walk or take their dogs and we know that there were people in the park at the time.

– Detective Inspector Rick Thompson

The woman is being supported by specially trained officers. Police say they have laid on additional patrols in the area.