1. ITV Report

Hunt for 'very tall man with lots of sandy-coloured hair' after woman raped in Rochdale

The victim was attacked in a wooded area near the back of the Town Hall. Credit: Google Earth

A man hunt is underway after a woman was raped in Rochdale.

Police say she was walked through a wooded area near the back of the Town Hall when she was forced to the ground and raped.

They want to speak to a man who matches the following description:

  • white
  • very tall
  • in his mid-20s
  • slim build
  • slim, pale face 

  • a large amount of sandy-coloured hair

  • spoke with a local accent

  • was wearing a blue and white chequered shirt with blue jeans 

Anyone who was in the area around 5am on Sunday 31 March and who may have information is asked to contact police.

CCTV and other enquiries are continuing.

While we’re providing specialist support to the woman with the help of our partners, now we need your help to find the man responsible. 

Were you in Rochdale Town Centre around the time the offence took place? Did you see anybody acting suspiciously or running away from the area? 

– Detective Constable Russ Clarke