Police appeal after teenage girl raped while out walking her dog

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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers were called just after 9.30pm to reports that a 17-year-old girl had been  attacked while walking her dog on Boggart Hole Clough.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers were called just after 9.30pm to reports that a 17-year-old girl had been attacked while walking her dog on Boggart Hole Clough.

Police have launched an appeal after a teenage girl was raped while she was out walking her dog.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers were called just after 9.30pm to reports that a 17-year-old girl had been attacked while walking her dog on Boggart Hole Clough.

The teenager had left her home in the Moston Lane area at 7pm, the force said.

She was walking with her dog from the duck pond towards the Charlestown Road exit, when she was approached by two men.

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As one of the men took her dog from her, the other pushed her to the ground and assaulted her, GMP said.

Following the attack, the girl was able to take back her dog and run from the scene, alerting two other women in the park, who then contacted police.

Police said one of the attackers was described as a black male with braided hair, who was around 5ft 8" and aged between 20 and 30 "with an African accent".

The force added that he was described as wearing a dark coloured puffer jacket with royal blue sleeves, dark jeans with a belt and dark trainers with bubbles in the sole.

The other man was described as a bald white male, aged between 20 and 30, who had a short beard and a Manchester accent.

This man was described as wearing a white long sleeved t-shirt with a v-neck, dark coloured jeans with white trainers.

Detective Inspector Louise Edwards of GMP's City of Manchester division, said: "We understand the distress that incidents such as this can cause for the community, and I want to reassure the public that we have launched a full investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened, and ensure the people responsible for this horrendous act are identified.

"We are carefully examining the scene, and will increase our police presence in the area, so if anyone has any concerns, they can approach our officers directly.

"I want to also appeal to anyone who may have been walking in the area at the time, to come forward and speak with police. Any information, no matter how small, could be vital to our investigation."

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 1146 quoting incident 3089 of 22/08/21 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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