Police hunting man in connection with Hyde sexual assault

A MAN is being sought by police following reports of a serious sexual assault in Hyde.

Officers are investigating after a woman reported being approached from behind and forced on to a patch of grass as she walked past Grafton Street, just off Clark Way.

She reported she was then the victim of a serious sexual assault and is being assisted by specialist Greater Manchester Police officers and her wellbeing and care is at the heart of their ongoing work.

Now the force wants to speak to a man following the alleged incident, which is believed to have occurred at about 6.40am on Friday, July 5.

He is described as being white, in his 20s, with light-coloured facial hair and slim build.

Officers are keen on identifying anyone who was in the area around that time – including the area around Clark Way, Grafton Street, King Street, the footbridge, and the nearby bus station to please get in touch.

This includes anyone who may have any relevant doorbell, dashcam, or CCTV footage from around the time of the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Abdul Kahar, from Greater Manchester Police’s Tameside district, said: “Our specialist officers are supporting the woman involved in this serious incident and we are doing all we can to provide the appropriate care that she needs at this time.

“This is a truly horrific crime and we are determined to bring the person responsible to justice – no woman should feel unsafe when walking the streets of Greater Manchester, and we are committed to doing everything we possibly can to progress this investigation at pace.

“The local community will see an increased police presence in and around the area and I would encourage members of the public to approach our officers if they have any additional concerns.

“I would like to appeal to anyone with information to please get in touch with officers. In particular, if you were around the area at the time of the incident and saw anything whether it looked suspicious, unusual or out of place.

“Please contact us as your help could prove to be extremely useful. No matter how big or small it may seem, all information is hugely beneficial.”

If you have any information, please contact the Criminal Investigation Department on 0161 856 9262 via 101 or gmp.police.uk, quoting log 479 of 05/07/24.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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