Manchester Evening News

Disturbing video trend targeting women on city streets

- By NICOLE WOOTTON-CANE

IT’S the latest disturbing twist in a ‘creepy’ viral video trend targeting Manchester’s women.

For the last two years, the Manchester Evening News has reported on ‘Manchester nightlife’ TikTok accounts filming women without their consent while on nights out in the Deansgate area.

Now, new footage has emerged appearing to deliberate­ly target women who are visibly intoxicate­d. In these troubling clips, women who appear unsteady on their feet, or simply having a laugh with friends, unwittingl­y become the stars of videos posted to YouTube, broadcasti­ng what might be their most vulnerable moments to the world.

In one video a woman can be seen crawling in the road. In another, a woman is held up by a friend while she is falling over. The captions, such as ‘Beautiful Drunk Girl Wander on the Street of Manchester’ and ‘Beautiful Single Ladies One Night Losing Control in the Manchester On January 26, 2024,’ suggest women who are visibly intoxicate­d have been targeted, although the videos also capture footage of women who are walking down the street with friends on a night out. The videos, which are posted to @VoiceofVal­leys on YouTube, have all been posted within the last week. However, it is unclear exactly when they were filmed. In the descriptio­n, a number of the videos take lines from a 2005 Lancashire Telegraph news article titled ‘Night out ends in sex attack ordeal for woman, 31.’

Following previous M.E.N reports, Greater Manchester Police said all officers that police the nighttime economy in Manchester city centre are briefed before every shift on this issue, adding they ‘are all very aware of it’ and are actively looking out for ‘anyone that might be filming in a predatory manner.’

Chief Inspector Stephen Wiggins of GMP’s City of Manchester Central district said: “We are aware that concern over a number of online accounts filming women on nights out has been raised on social media. While it is not illegal to film people in public without their consent, every report would be assessed individual­ly, as context can determine whether this behaviour is deemed criminal. We take the safety of women and girls incredibly seriously, including within the city centre’s night life, and would encourage anyone who believes that they or others are being stalked, harassed, up-skirted, or filmed in a manner which is causing them alarm or distress to please speak to our officers on the ground, or report via our 999 or 101 services. We will listen to you, investigat­e each instance on its individual facts, and ensure you are provided access to specialist support services.”

YouTube has been approached for comment.

Concern over a number of online accounts filming women has been raised Chf Insp Stephen Wiggins

 ?? ?? Stills from the videos shown on TikTok or youTube
Stills from the videos shown on TikTok or youTube

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