Police hunt three men after woman is brutally raped
VICTIM, IN HER 20s, SURROUNDED IN EARLY HOURS BY GANG ALL WEARING DARK CLOTHING
THREE men are being hunted after a woman was raped at dawn near a town centre.
The victim, in her 20s, was surrounded by the group – all wearing dark clothing – in the Lancashire Hill area of Stockport.
She was then attacked and police believe two of the men raped her near bushes close to the junction of Cymbal Court and Penny Lane.
The incident happened between 6.10am and 6.45am on Saturday, September 9.
The location is less than half-a-mile from the town centre, and 50 yards from a block of flats, but is surrounded by trees and bushes.
Police are trying to establish how many of the men raped her.
Detective Inspector Cheryl Hughes, of GMP’s Stockport borough, said: “This was a terrifying attack on a woman in the early hours of the morning.
“No one should feel unsafe or be taken advantage of in this way and specialist officers are looking after the victim and ensuring she has the support she needs.
“This kind of crime is shocking and I am urging anyone who may have information, or was around Penny Lane at this time, to contact the police.
“I am also appealing for anyone who assisted the victim to contact the police as you may hold important information.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 460 of September 9, 2017, or 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. 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, whether or not you want make a police report.
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 via Greater Manchester Police or as a self-referral.
Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused.
Call the confidential helpline on 0161 273 4500.
Call the black and minority ethnic helpline on 0161 273 4514.
The scene of the attack