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Re-arrest after second sex attack in Greater Manchester

A man has been arrested for the second time after two sex attacks in an area of Greater Manchester.

Police are linking the sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman on 1 July with a previous sex attack on a 16-year-old girl nine days earlier in Newton Heath.

A 20-year-old man was arrested then bailed after the first attack but he has now been re-arrested following the second sexual assault.

Police appealed for information in connection to the attacks.

In the first assault the teenage victim was attacked near the Soap Box pub in Culceth Lane, Newton Heath.

In the second, the woman had been on her way to meet friend near St Wilfred's School at 2230 BST on Thursday.

Her attacker grabbed her from behind before sexually assaulting her as she screamed for help.

Det Insp Nick Hughes said: "This man did not think twice about targeting a woman out alone and must be caught.

"The fact he smelt strongly of alcohol could be a vital clue.

"While the woman was able to fend off her attacker, she is still understandably deeply upset at being assaulted in such a way."

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