Manchester

Salford park rape investigation stopped

Police have said they are no longer investigating an allegation of rape in Greater Manchester.

Officers were called to Victoria Park in Swinton, Salford, at 0220 BST on Saturday after reports that a 23-year-old woman had been attacked

The woman was taken to St Mary's Centre, a specialist unit for victims of rape, in Manchester.

After initial investigations, Greater Manchester Police said they were treating the allegation as false.

Det Ch Insp Bill McGreavy said: "We take all reports of rape seriously and investigate thoroughly and without prejudice.

"Greater Manchester Police encourages anyone who has been a victim of rape or any sort of sexual abuse to come forward, but I must also stress the importance of providing police with genuine reports due to the time we invest in investigating these cases.

"I hope this incident does not deter genuine victims from coming forward.

"We have specially-trained officers who give a tremendous amount of time and support to anyone who has been a victim of rape and we work extremely closely with the St Mary's sexual assault referral centre.

"We can not only help you, but also put your attacker behind bars."

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