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Woman sexually assaulted by men wearing Halloween masks in Haughton Green.
Sunday 2nd November 2014 @ 12:32 by Anna Fletcher


A woman was sexually assaulted by a group of up to four offenders wearing Halloween masks.

It happened as the 22-year-old woman was walking along Sunningdale Road in Haughton Green, Denton, between 7pm and 7.20pm on 31 October 2014.

The woman was approached by four offenders wearing Scream-type masks, before she was dragged to the floor and sexually assaulted.

Luckily, the woman managed to fight them off and struggled back to her feet before the assault could continue. She ran off and then raised the alarm.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information about the assault to come forward.

The offenders are described as teenagers wearing Scream-type masks and dark clothing. One of the men was said to be tall and wearing white trainers while another was said to be of a chubbier build and in his early teens.

Superintendent Neil Evans said: “This young woman has suffered a traumatic ordeal at the hands of four individuals who were dressed in Halloween-type masks.

“She was pushed to the floor and sexually assaulted, leaving her in a state of total shock and clearly she is extremely distressed. Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault will know just how frightening it must have been for this victim, and given the offenders were wearing masks designed to be scary means it must have been a truly harrowing and scary few minutes for this woman.

“The purpose of this appeal is not to unduly alarm the community but it is important we let people know what has happened so they can both be vigilant and help us track down these cowardly offenders.

“If you know of anyone who might be involved, then please call us. If you are a parent and you know your child went out with friends dressed in these type of masks and you have suspicions then please, do the right thing and call us. This woman has suffered a terrible ordeal and we need, for her sake and the wider community, to catch the culprits.

“We are conducting a number of inquiries in the local community and I want to assure people we will do everything we can to find those responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.