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Woman sexually assaulted while walking home in Wigan
Sunday 2nd October, 2011

Officers are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted in Wigan.

On Wednesday 28 September 2011, a 40-year-old woman spent the evening at a pub on Wallgate, Wigan, with a friend.

The woman and her friend became separated so she decided to walk home between 10.30pm and 10.45pm.

After crossing a metal canal bridge, she was walking along Stadium Way, towards the rear of the DW Stadium, when she was grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted.

The woman was left alone on the ground after the attack and she asked a passerby, who rode past on a bike, for help but the person did not stop.

She then walked home on her own.

Detective Sergeant Graham Clare, based at Wigan CID, said: "This woman has suffered a horrible attack and, as well as ensuring she has all the emotional and medical support she needs, we want to catch her attacker.

"If you saw or know something about what happened that night, a team of detectives is waiting to hear from you.

"We would be particularly keen to speak to the passerby who the victim tried to catch the attention of: you weren't to know why she was trying to stop you and you're not in any trouble, please come forward as you might have vital information that could help our inquiries."

Anyone with information is asked to call office in Wigan on 0161 856 7770 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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