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Group praised for coming to rescue of teenage victim in attempted rape attack
Sunday 3rd February 2019 @ 13:51 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Tameside

Good Samaritans have been praised by police for coming to the rescue of a teenage girl as a man attempted to rape her.

The group intervened and as the attacker tried to flee from the scene they gave chase and caught him, holding him until police arrived.

The 17-year-old girl had been attacked in a car park near to Stamford Street in Ashton at 10.35pm on Friday when the group spotted what was happening and took action.

Police were called and subsequently arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of attempted rape.

He remains in custody for questioning.

Investigating officers are now appealing for anyone else who may have witnessed the attack to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Karl Ward, overseeing GMP’s Tameside Borough said: “First of all, my thoughts are with the girl who was victim to this terrifying attack, she is getting specialist support and we will continue to help her get through this horrible ordeal.

“Secondly, I would like to take my hat off to the group of men who intervened, stopped the attack, then gave chase so police were able to make an arrest.

“This is a great example of the police and public working together to stop crime, and I am extremely thankful to them for their assistance.

“We are still appealing for further witnesses however, so if anyone saw anything that might help the police investigation we would really like to hear from you.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8915 alternatively call 101 quoting the reference number 2314 of 01/02/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.