Wednesday 21 February 2018

Police seeking man after three sex assaults in Manchester city centre

The suspect is believed to have attacked the women
The suspect is believed to have attacked the women

Sam Blewett

Police are hunting for a man who is believed to have sexually assaulted three women in separate attacks in Manchester city centre.

The suspect, described as an Asian man aged around 30, is believed to have attacked the women, aged 19, 21 and 22, in the early hours.

Police released CCTV images on Sunday of the suspect carrying a "rare" umbrella with a logo for clothing company Blacks in an appeal to identify him.

The assaults took place between 1.50am and 4am in Oxford Road on January 30, in Kent Road West on February 6 and in Minshull Street on February 14.

Detective Constable Steve Lowton, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "We have specially-trained officers supporting the women at this difficult time.

"People will be understandably concerned about what happened and I want to assure you that we are doing all we can to find the man responsible.

"We do believe the same man is responsible for the three incidents. In the first incident the man was carrying an umbrella that is about nine years old and quite rare.

"If you know someone who has the umbrella in the photos and you recognise the description of the man, please get in touch with police."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3221 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Press Association

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