Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Stalybridge

    Police patrols will be stepped up in Stalybridge after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted.

    Shortly before 4.00pm on Tuesday 22 May a 17-year-old girl was assaulted by a man on a pathway off Knowl Street– known locally as the Yellow Brick Road.

    The victim screamed and the man ran off along the canal towards Huddersfield Road.

    The offender 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 have been 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.”

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