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Teenager raped and sexually assaulted
Thursday 20th May, 2010

A teenager was raped behind a pub in Wigan.

It happened outside at the back of the Red Lion pub on Gerard Street in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, between 9.15pm and 10pm on 20 March 2010.

The 16-year-old girl and her friend were stopped in the street by two men and they got chatting. All four then went inside.

The offender took the 16-year-old girl outside to the back of the pub, where he sexually assaulted and raped her.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information about what happened to come forward.

The man is described as being about 31-years-old, white, about 6ft tall and of a skinny build. He had short, spiked blonde hair with short shaved sides, a ratty face with big ears and a pointed nose. He was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, light blue jeans and black shoes.

Detective Constable Adam Gleave, of Wigan CID, said: "We are doing everything we can to find this man, including reviewing CCTV images to try and identify him.

"I would strongly urge anyone who might have seen this man drinking in the pub or around the area to come forward as your information could be absolutely vital. The girl has given a good description of her attacker who had a distinctive appearance so if you did see this man, we want to hear from you.

"I would also like to appeal to the man he was with to call us so we can eliminate those not involved from our inquiries."

Anyone with information is asked to call Wigan CID on 0161 856 7257 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

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