A 17-year old girl was raped while out walking her dog on Sunday night, according to Greater Manchester Police.
Police are looking for two men both thought to be in their twenties in connection with the “horrendous” attack.
At a glance: the key facts
- At around 9:30pm on Sunday (22 August) a 17-year-old girl was attacked by two men in Boggart Hole Clough, in Blackley, north Manchester
- One of the men took her dog from her before the other pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her
- After she was attacked, the young girl managed to get back her dog and flee her assailants, before getting the attention of two women in the park, who then called police
- One suspect is described as white, with a Manchester accent. He has a bald head and a short beard. Police say at the time of the attack he was wearing a white long-sleeved T-shirt with a V-neck, dark jeans and white trainers.
- The other suspect is described as black, with an ‘African accent’. He is around 5ft 8in tall, with braided hair. At the time of the attack police say he was wearing a dark-coloured puffer jacket with royal blue sleeves, dark jeans with a belt, and dark trainers with bubbles in the sole.
- Both men are believed to be aged between 20 and 30
- Police are appealing for information from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident.
- Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 1146 or via the force’s live web chat at www.gmp.police.uk quoting incident 3089 of 22/08/21.
- Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
What’s been said?
Detective Inspector Louise Edwards, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We understand the distress that incidents such as this can cause for the community, and I want to reassure the public that we have launched a full investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened, and ensure the people responsible for this horrendous act are identified.
“We are carefully examining the scene, and will increase our police presence in the area, so if anyone has any concerns, they can approach our officers directly.
“I want to also appeal to anyone who may have been walking in the area at the time, to come forward and speak with police. Any information, no matter how small, could be vital to our investigation.”