Po­lice hunt three men af­ter woman is bru­tally raped

VIC­TIM, IN HER 20s, SUR­ROUNDED IN EARLY HOURS BY GANG ALL WEAR­ING DARK CLOTH­ING

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By NEAL KEELING neal.keeling@men-news.co.uk @Neal­keel­ingMEN

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

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