Woman raped in Plant Hill Park in Manchester

A woman has been raped as she walked home through a Manchester park, police said.

The 32-year-old was dragged into bushes by a man in Plant Hill Park in Blackley between 04:00 and 05:00 BST on Sunday.

Police have asked people living in the area to be vigilant and for women to walk home in groups and avoid isolated areas.

The rapist is described as more than 6ft tall, of slim to medium build, unshaven and wearing a grey hooded top.

Det Insp Andrew Naismith said: "Understandably, this woman is extremely distraught after her ordeal and specially-trained officers are currently supporting her through what is a very difficult time.

"I want to stress to residents in our community who may be concerned that this is being treated as an isolated incident.

"It will clearly be of concern to people and it is right that we should alert them to what has happened, however I do not want people to be unduly alarmed because we have no other reports of this type of crime.

"What is important given the seriousness of this crime is that people are vigilant.

"I would urge people, particularly women, to stick together in groups where possible, avoid shortcuts and keep to well-lit areas."

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