A boy has been arrested in connection with the assault of a jogger in Ramsbottom.

Last night a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault. He remains in custody for questioning.

The arrest is in connection with an assault that took place sometime between 5:45am and 6:15am in Nuttall Park yesterday morning.

A 49-year-old woman had been running down Lower Nuttall Road on a track when the offender forced her to the floor and struck her in the head a number of times before fleeing the scene.

Detective Sergeant Lawrence Dixon, of GMP’s Bury borough, said:

I know there has been a lot of concern in the community since this incident happened but I want to reassure the public that we are continuing to investigate and have been following numerous lines of enquiry over the last 24 hours. Last night we arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of section 18 assault and he remains in custody to be questioned by detectives later today. We will continue to have an increased visible police presence in the area today and I ask that anybody with concerns please approach one of our officers on patrol to report them. I would also like to continue to appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in or around the park yesterday morning to please contact police. We have had a great amount of support from the local community and I would like to thank them for their patience and engagement.

Detective Sergeant Lawrence Dixon
  • Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 2459 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.