Police patrols increased after Manchester park rape

Police are stepping up patrols at a Manchester park this weekend after a woman was raped there on Friday.

The 44-year-old had been standing at the gates of Birchfields Park at about 0600 BST when she was pushed over and dragged along the ground.

She was then raped before she managed to call police from a telephone box on Birchfields Road.

Greater Manchester Police said its officers would be in the area over the weekend to reassure local residents.

Detectives are examining CCTV from the area in a bid to identify the attacker.

Det Insp Terry Crompton, of Longsight CID, said: "Clearly an incident like this can cause people in the area to feel concerned.

"I'd like to stress that police officers will be in an around the park over the weekend.

"If anyone has any worries about what has happened, they can speak to those officers.

"If you do see anyone acting suspiciously, contact police as soon as possible."

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