Woman 'gang raped' in 'horrendous' and 'sickening' Manchester park attack, say police

Ross McGuinness
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Police are investigating the 'truly horrendous' gang rape of a woman at a park in south Manchester this morning [April 20].

Officers were called to the 'random and sickening attack' in Kirkup Gardens, Wythenshawe, just after 12.30am on Tuesday.

Caption: Police cordon at Kirkup Gardens in Wythenshawe, south Manchester, where a woman was reportedly raped by a gang of men on 20 April 2021
A police officer at the scene of an alleged gang rape at Kirkup Gardens, Wythenshawe, Manchester. (Reach)

Police are investigating the alleged gang rape of a woman in a park in Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the woman, in her 20s, was raped by a group of men in Wythenshawe overnight.

Officers were called shortly after 12.30am on Tuesday to a reported attack in Kirkup Gardens.

The force said a significant police presence remains in place as officers continue to search for evidence at the scene.

No arrests have been made.

Chief inspector Cara Charlesworth, of GMP's City of Manchester south division, said: "A truly horrendous incident took place last night and we are supporting the victim at this awful time with our specialist officers.

"At this stage this appears to have been a random and sickening attack and our officers are working tirelessly to identify those responsible.

Police are investigating the 'truly horrendous' gang rape of a woman at a park in south Manchester this morning [April 20].

Officers were called to the 'random and sickening attack' in Kirkup Gardens, Wythenshawe, just after 12.30am on Tuesday.

Caption: Police cordon at Kirkup Gardens in Wythenshawe, south Manchester, where a woman was reportedly raped by a gang of men on 20 April 2021
A park in south Manchester has been cordoned off by police investigating an alleged gang rape. (Reach)
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The scene on Tuesday at a park in Manchester where a woman was reportedly raped by a group of men. (Reach)

"In the meantime, we have increased our police presence in the area, and the public should feel reassured that if they have any concerns they can approach our officers directly.

"I appreciate it was the middle of the night and there won't have been many witnesses to this attack, but if anyone has any information then I implore you to get in touch as every bit of detail at this stage has the potential to be crucial."

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 8566063 quoting incident 73 of 20/04/2021. 

Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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