Manchester

Woman raped in Manchester city centre alleyway

A woman has been raped in an alleyway in Manchester city centre.

The 33-year-old had been talking to a man in a Wetherspoons pub in Piccadilly Gardens on Sunday evening.

They left together at about 2330 BST and as they walked along Spear Street, he pushed her into the alleyway, onto a car bonnet and raped her.

A man, 28, has been arrested on suspicion of rape and has been bailed pending further inquiries, a police spokesman said.

Police have appealed to anyone with any information to contact them.

'Peace of mind'

Det Con Paul Wilde said: "While this rape took place in a secluded area, we believe there may be people who were either parked up in the alleyway or nearby who might have witnessed what happened.

"There would also have been a lot of people milling around the bars in the area who might have either seen or heard something and the alleyway is overlooked by a hotel so there might also be people in those hotel rooms who heard or saw something so if you did then please call us.

"The woman is being supported by specially trained officers after her ordeal.

"However, the best peace of mind this woman can have is to see her attacker caught so I would urge anyone who knows anything, no matter how small it might seem, to get in touch."

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