Teenage boy is sex­u­ally as­saulted while fish­ing

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ATEENAGE boy was sex­u­ally as­saulted while fish­ing.

De­tec­tives say the child was lured to the scene by a man aged around 60, who told the young­ster he would have a bet­ter chance of at­tract­ing fish there than in the spot where he was.

It hap­pened near to Holling­worth Road, Lit­tle­bor­ough, at around 5.20pm on Tues­day.

Po­lice say that the vic­tim was fish­ing in the canal when he was ap­proached by the at­tacker. The teenager fol­lowed him but was sex­u­ally as­saulted be­fore man­ag­ing to es­cape.

A spokesman for GMP said that the boy was be­ing sup­ported by spe­cially-trained of­fi­cers.

In­quiries into the in­ci­dent are on­go­ing and po­lice are hop­ing to speak to a man in con- nec­tion with the as­sault.

He is de­scribed as white, around 60 years old, 5ft 9in, of small build with bald­ing white hair and a slight beard. He was wear­ing a jumper.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Paul Davies, of GMP’s Rochdale Bor­ough, said: “We’ve been in the area where the of­fence took place to gather as much ev­i­dence as we can and, from what we know at the mo­ment, a man match­ing this same de­scrip­tion was seen near to the canal a few days ago.

“If any­one has seen a man match­ing the de­scrip­tion – it may be that he is lo­cal to the area or a fre­quent visi­tor – or saw any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously, please get in touch with us as soon as you pos­si­bly can.

“While I un­der­stand this is ex­tremely con­cern­ing for peo­ple who live nearby, we are sup­port­ing the teenager and will do ev­ery­thing we can to find that per­son re­spon­si­ble.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 0161 856 8441 , quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 1851 of Septem­ber 4 – or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

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●●The at­tack took place on the Rochdale Canal in Lit­tle­bor­ough

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