Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape of 10-year-old girl in Openshaw
Thursday 15th February 2018 @ 13:50 by Tom Greggan
Gorton & Openshaw News

A man has been arrested following the sexual assault and attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl in Openshaw last week.

Just after 2pm on Saturday February 10th, police were called to reports of an attempted rape off Kincraig Close.

The young girl had been walking with friends before she became separated from them and was approached by a man. The man led her to an area of wasteland where he sexually assaulted her, before attempting to rape her. The girl fled towards a dog walker who raised the alarm and police launched an investigation.

On Tuesday, they released CCTV images of a man they wished to speak to and enquiries have led to the arrest of a 23-year-old man on suspicion of kidnap and attempted rape. He remains in custody for questioning.

Police are also looking to anyone who travelled on the Ashton metrolink line between 1.30-1.40pm on Saturday February 10th. It’s believed the offender was seen arriving at Clayton Hall tram stop at 1.33pm, after travelling there from Edge Lane.

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Boyce, of GMP’s City of Manchester team, said: “While we’ve made an arrest, our investigation into this horrendous attack continues.

“We are looking to speak to anyone who was around Kilcraig Close on Saturday afternoon, or who travelled on the Ashton metrolink line between 1.30 and 1.40pm that day, to help with our enquiries.

“Our increased patrols will continue over the coming days and I’d urge any local residents with concerns to please speak to them directly.

“If you have any information that could help with this investigation, no matter how small, please share this with police at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact CID on 0161 856 1146 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.