CW: Sexual Assault

Detectives are appealing for help after a woman was sexually assaulted on a bench in Salford.

The attack took place at 1.30am on Wednesday March 9 on Stanley Street.

The victim, in her 20s, was walking home from work when she was approached by the man, who continued to follow her before pinning her to a bench.

The man then touched the woman inappropriately before she screamed, causing the man to walk away.

Since reporting the incident the woman has been offered specialist support from Greater Manchester Police officers who are trained to help victims of sexual abuse.

The detectives have released an image of a man they are keen to identify and speak to in relation to the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Willis, of the Salford District, said: “This was a traumatic and shocking incident for the victim to endure and we credit her bravery for firstly getting the offender away from her and subsequently reporting this incident to us.

“It is our understanding that this man may have been in Manchester city centre for some time before this incident took place and we are hopeful that the man on the image will be identified so that we are able to speak to him about this incident as we think he could hold some very important information.”

The man is seen to be wearing a guitar bag on his back, and was seen walking on Oxford Road, or close to, on the night of Tuesday 8th March.

DCI Willis added: “If you have any information, call 0161 856 5235 or 0161 856 5194 quoting incident 193 of 09/03/2022; you can also pass information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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