Sex attacks on lone women linked in Withington

Police have warned lone women, particularly joggers, to be on their guard after a series of linked sexual assaults in Withington.

Between Monday 6 January and Saturday 25 January 2014, a man struck five times in the area around Everett Road, Withington.

In each case, he targeted lone young women and briefly grabbed them and sexually assaulted them.

These attacks on women have occurred between 6.15pm and 11.00pm.

The features common in the description of the offender are he is between 5ft 5in and 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, wore a hoody and baggy jogging style bottoms.

Detective Sergeant Doug Cowan of South Manchester Division said: “The purpose of this appeal is not to alarm people but to alert women of the risks posed to them and to be on their guard.

“We need to consider that there may be other victims who have not yet come forward and I would urge them to do so.

“Also I would ask lone women, especially joggers, to be aware of their surroundings, to stick to well-lit areas and, most importantly, to go out with someone else wherever possible.

“We are appealing for any witnesses who saw any of the sexual assault incidents to contact the police.

“Also, we want to hear from anyone who has seen any men matching the description and acting suspiciously to contact ourselves.

“If you know who is responsible for these attacks, please contact us on 101 or on 0161 856 4973.”