A MANHUNT has been launched after a teenager was raped at a Wigan nightclub.
Police barred clubbers from leaving the Chicago Rock Cafe in King Street during the early hours of Sunday morning in the hope of having snared the attacker before he made his getaway.
But they were eventually forced to let people go without making any arrests.
The 18-year-old victim has been questioned by officers specially trained in dealing with the victims of sexual attacks.
A source said some revellers had been none too pleased at being held back, but added: “If there was a chance that the alleged attacker was still in the building then it made sense to try to trap him there.
“Unfortunately it looks like he may have already slipped away before they arrived.”
Detectives today appealed for witnesses to the incident.
A spokesman said: “At 1.45am on Sunday January 30, police were called to the Chicago Rock Café on King Street, Wigan, following reports an 18-year-old woman had been raped.
“Officers attended and the woman is being supported by specially trained officers from GMP’s Nightingale project.
“Inquiries are on-going.
“Anyone who has information about what happened is asked to call Wigan CID on 0161 856 7226 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”
The spokesman said that 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.
He said 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.