25 September 2017   |  Last Updated 19-12-2014 03:26

      Woman sexually assaulted and hit with dog lead in Stockport

      POLICE are currently investigating an incident during which a woman was hit with a dog lead and then sexually assaulted in Stockport.

      The attack took place at around 7pm, on December 10th as the 31-year-old victim walked alone along Cambrian Road in Edgeley.

      The attacker struck the woman repeatedly in the legs with a dog lead, causing her to fall to the ground. The man then pinned her down and sexually assaulted her.

      Another man who accompanied the attacker convinced him to stop, and the pair were seen running away towards Avondale Road, before becoming out of sight.

       

      Two evofits have been released of the men, and the GMP are appealing to anyone who recognises either of them to come forward immediately.

      “This woman was subjected to a terrifying ordeal at the hands of her attacker, who pinned her to the floor and sexually assaulted her,” stated Detective Constable Colin Teasdale. 

      “Clearly she is extremely distressed and we are offering her whatever support she needs.

      “Despite her horrific ordeal, she has still had the courage to work with our forensic imaging specialists to produce two evofits of the two men so I would urge people to look very closely at the images and if you do recognise either of these men then please tell us. I would also like to appeal for the second man who remonstrated with the offender to stop the attack to come forward.

      “If you do see anyone acting suspiciously or you think you spot these two men then please call us immediately.”

      Karen Joynes, 42, lives near where the attack took place – “I usually walk my dog around here, but I don’t want to go on my own anymore. I’m also more wary about where my children go out and don’t like them walking home from school on their own.

      “It’s disappointing that we have to be so careful. I can only hope that the poor woman’s attacker is found soon, and receives the punishment he deserves for such a horrific crime. This attack has really shocked the local community and we are praying this will not happen again.”

      The police have stressed that they do not want to cause any “undue alarm” in the community, but are warning the public to be extra vigilant and to be on their guard especially during the winter months as the nights draw in early.

       

      St. Marys Centre is a sexual assault referral centre based in the Greater Manchester area. It provides comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, counselling and aftercare service to men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault. It is strongly advised that anyone who is a victim or knows someone who has experienced either of these to not suffer alone, and to contact this agency immediately for support.

      Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

      By Grace Evans

       

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