Police have released an e-fit and CCTV images of a man who sexually assaulted two women in Withington.
At around 3am on Thursday 19th February 2015, the two 21-year-old women were walking along Wilmslow Road in Withington when they were approached from behind by an unknown man.
He sexually assaulted both of them, then continued walking down Wilmslow Road towards Withington.
The offender has been described as an Asian man, in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5ft 5in tall and of medium build. He was wearing a dark front-zipped hoody and a black baseball cap.
Constable Christopher Turner said: “This appears to be an opportunistic assault, as there is no evidence when looking at CCTV that the females have been followed or specifically targeted.
“However, that does not mean that these assaults were not serious and I am sure they were deeply distressing for the victims.
“I understand that such incidents can cause distress, not just to those in the local community but also those in neighbouring areas; and as a result we will be increasing patrols in the area.
“I would like to assure everybody that this investigation is very much active and enquiries are on going, however if anybody recognises this man or has any information then I would urge them to please come forward.”
Anybody with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.
– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.
– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.
– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.
– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.
Source : GMP