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A 40-year-old woman was raped as she walked her dog in Salford.

At around 6am on Sunday 5 October 2014, the woman was walking near to New Bank Towers in Blackfriars area when she was approached by a man who started to talk to her.

As they reached Mount Street, towards the back of The Friars Primary School when he dragged her into nearby bushes and raped her. As they reached Mount Street, towards the back of the Friars Primary School, he dragged her into nearby bushes and raped her.

He then told her to walk away before he left in an unknown direction.

The man is described as being white, in his twenties, around 5ft 7in tall, of slim build, wore all black clothing, including a black hooded top worn with the hood up, black trainers, black gloves and a scarf covering the lower part of his face. He spoke with a local accent.

Detective Sergeant Julie Connor said ” This is a very serious incident which we are actively investigating.

“There will be extra patrols in the area to reassure the public and I am appealing for witnesses to come forward.

“If you have information that could assist in the investigation or lead to the apprehension of the person responsible, please contact us.

“In the meantime, I would urge people to take extra care, remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings.”

Anyone with informnation should phone police on 0161 856 5360 quoting log number 636 of 5 October 2014 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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