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Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Stalybridge, police step up patrols
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 @ 11:31 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge Tameside

Police are to step up patrols in Stalybridge after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted on Tuesday night.

Just before 4pm, the 17-year-old was walking down Knowl Street (known locally as the Yellow Brick Road). As she reached the junction of Stamford Street she noticed a man.

After carrying on down the path towards the canal, she felt the man behind her. He grabbed the girl and sexually assaulted her. When she screamed, he ran off along the canal towards Huddersfield Road.

The man is described as white, in his late teens to early 20s, of slim build, around 6ft tall and with shoulder-length brown hair.

He is also thought to be wearing a dark t-shirt and carrying a white plastic bag.

Chief Superintendent Neil Evans, GMP’s Territorial Commander for Tameside, said: “Understandably this incident is going to cause concern and I want to assure people that we have dedicated detectives working to catch the offender and we will also be increasing patrols in the area.

“The victim – who has been extremely brave and helpful to this investigation – is being offered support by specially trained officers during this difficult time.

“This is an extremely serious offence and we have been knocking on doors, trawling the area and recovering CCTV to uncover as much information as possible.

“Where this happened is popular with dog walkers and I would urge anyone who saw a man matching the description by the canal to please call police.

“If you believe you saw the man in the area before or after, then again please contact us urgently. We need to find this man and we will do everything in our power to do so.”

Anyone with any information should call Tameside CID on 0161 856 9262. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.