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Manchester Evening News

Police hunt sex attacker after serious assault on woman in south Manchester

Police are appealing for information after a serious sexual assault in Withington in the early hours of today. A woman has reported being attacked by a man at around 3am in the Cotton Lane area of Withington.

A second witness later reported a man performing a sexual act on himself in nearby Egerton Road about 20 minutes later. Police believe the two incidents could be linked.

The victim of the attack described the suspect as a white man, between 5ft 10in and 6ft, with shaggy brown hair and wearing a red T-shirt. Chief Inspector Tony Norman, of GMP's City of Manchester South division, said: "We are investigating both incidents and keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked.

"The victim of the assault is being supported by specialist officers and we are following several lines of enquiry. We take reports of this nature seriously and I am therefore ensuring there will be extra officers in the area carrying out enquiries and an increased presence over the weekend.

"If you see anything suspicious or if anyone notices behaviour which concerns them, please speak to an officer or report it to us so we can pursue any lines of enquiry.

"We would encourage anyone who was in the area at the time, or who has any information about either incident, to contact police. Anyone with information should call our dedicated team on 0161 856 6063 quoting incident 256/279 of 13/05/2022."