Police thank community for stopping man attempting to 'kidnap woman' in Rochdale

The police have thanked members of a community in Rochdale who detained a man allegedly trying to snatch a woman from the street in broad daylight.

Officers were called just before 2:30pm on Wednesday 27 October to a reports of an attempted kidnapping on John Street.

The stranger had reportedly tried to drag the woman behind a building when members of the public stepped in to help.

They managed to detain a 41-year-old man, who was has now been charged with attempted kidnap and sexual assault by touching.

He is is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The incident happened on John Street, Rochdale. Credit: Google Maps

Detective Inspector Nicola Hopkinson from GMP's Rochdale District said: "Firstly, I want to thank the members of the public that stepped in when they saw the woman in distress, and alerted police. It's important we look out for one another in our communities.

"This is an extremely distressing incident, not only for the woman involved, but for the community. While we aren't looking for anyone else in connection with this, there will be additional police patrols in the area."

Greater Manchester Police has stressed it takes incidents of this nature 'extremely seriously' and urged anyone who sees or hears something that does not seem right to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Hopkinson continued: "Our job as police officers, is to keep the public safe. We want all members of our community, especially women and girls, to feel they are not at risk of harm when simply walking the streets of Greater Manchester and going about their daily lives."