Man charged with attempted rape on canal
A MAN has been charged with attempted rape after a woman was assaulted along the Rochdale canal.
Police were called to reports of an assault on a path near to the Bluepits Mill in Castleton at around 6.20pm on Monday, January 6.
The victim, a woman in her 50s, was walking her dog along the canal when she was assaulted by a man armed with a knife.
Now a man has been charged in connection with the case.
Stephen David Hastie, 32, of no fixed address, has been charged with attempted rape, robbery, section 20 assault and possession of a bladed article in a public place.
He has been remanded in custody.
He is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today.
In a statement, a GMP spokesperson said: “A man has been charged after a woman was assaulted along the canal in Rochdale.
“A woman in her 50s was assaulted by a man armed with a knife whilst walking her dog along the canal.”