A manhunt has been launched after a teenage girl was raped in a Greater Manchester alley on Wednesday evening.
Police were called to Birch Road in Wardle, Rochdale yesterday after the victim, 16, was pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted by a man at around 5pm.
Officers searched fields in the area overnight and a cordon is in place while investigations continue.
Around 10 PCSOs were at the scene this morning and CSI vans were also parked nearby.
The attacker, aged between 30 and 40, is believed to be ‘black or of dual heritage’ and 5ft 8in tall.
He is of medium build, was wearing blue jeans and smelt strongly of aftershave.
Supt Richard Hunt, of GMP’s Rochdale district, has appealed to the public for information, saying ‘even the smallest detail could be of the utmost importance’.
He said: ‘This was a very distressing incident for the young girl.
‘Her welfare is a top priority for us, and we have specialist officers currently supporting her as we try to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.
‘I would like to reassure the public that we are doing all we can to trace the person responsible and bring them to justice and you will see increased patrols around the area in the coming days.
‘This incident took place at a relatively busy time of day, and I am appealing for any witnesses or anyone who have seen something suspicious to contact us.’
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 4646, quoting incident number 2066 of 15/01/2020. Reports can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.