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Manchester student rape: £10k reward to find man

Paul Atta
Image caption Paul Atta is also known as Tony and has links to Preston, Lancashire

A £10,000 reward has been offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of a man over the rape at knifepoint of a student in Manchester.

Police said that the informant would receive the cash for revealing the whereabouts of 40-year-old Paul Atta.

They stressed that they would not be required to give evidence in court.

Mr Atta is wanted over the rape on Monday of a woman, 19, who was attacked in her sleep at student accommodation on Lower Park Road, Rusholme.

Also known as Tony, police said he is familiar with Rusholme and Moss Side, and is known to use gyms and visit hostels in the city centre.

He is also understood to have links to Preston, Lancashire.

The woman, who shares the flat with two other students, was asleep when the man broke into her bedroom just after 0430 BST, threatened her with a knife and raped her.

Detectives believe the same offender may have been involved in a burglary reported earlier on the same morning at Hulme Hall university accommodation in Oxford Place.

Supt Stuart Barton said: "We need to speak to Atta urgently. If anyone knows him or his whereabouts, you must get in touch straight away.

"We're offering a £10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to his arrest.

"Think about that - all you need to do is call.

"Any information we receive will be treated sensitively and nobody need ever know who you are.

"I'd also like to appeal directly to Atta again or indeed anyone who may be supporting him at the moment - if you see or hear this, it is vital you call us."

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