Woman raped in Manchester city centre alleyway

A 23-year-old woman has been raped in Manchester city centre, police said.

She was attacked while walking alone in an alleyway off Back Piccadilly in the early hours of the morning.

Her attacker ran off when her friend came to help after hearing her screams. The woman has not yet given a formal statement about what happened.

Det Insp Estelle Mathieson said the victim had been subjected to an "awful and traumatic" attack. An investigation is under way.

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