Police hunt rapist

Scene of the attack on Prescott Street

Scene of the attack on Prescott Street

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A SEX beast was on the run today after savagely raping a Wigan woman.

Police launched a manhunt after the 22-year-old was attacked on land close to the ProCo training headquarters in Prescott Street, Wigan, in the early hours of yesterday.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was today being counselled and questioned about her ordeal by specially trained officers.

A wooded area near ProCo was combed for clues by forensic officers, who were also seen taking photographs, while the scene of the alleged attack was temporarily cordoned off.

Police say they are at a very early stage of the investigation, and have only so far released a brief statement as they wait to video-interview the victim in detail.

It read: “Shortly before 1.30am on Tuesday, November 15, police received a report that a 22-year-old woman had been raped on Prescott Street, Wigan. The victim is now with specially trained officers and an investigation is under way.”

No description of the assailant has been issued.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.