Sex attackers on loose

Tan House Drive, Winstanley, scene of a sexual assualt on a woman as she walked home

Tan House Drive, Winstanley, scene of a sexual assualt on a woman as she walked home

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A YOUNG woman who was sexually assaulted in Wigan has made an emotional plea to help catch her attackers.

The 21-year-old victim was walking along a pathway near to Tan House Drive, Winstanley, between midnight and 12.30am on Sunday, when she was approached by two men from behind.

One of them grabbed her bag and using the straps, forced her to the floor. She was held to the ground before she was sexually assaulted.

A car horn was sounded before the men made their escape in the vehicle, taking the woman’s handbag.

The brave victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, today spoke exclusively to the Evening Post to urge people to come forward with information to prevent future attacks.

She said: “If anyone knows who these people are, they should come forward. They might do this again and hurt other innocent people.

“I’ve not been myself since this happened and I’ve not been able to sleep. I’ve sat around feeling completely morbid and have just wanted to go back to bed.

“I don’t know what they might have done if the car horn hadn’t sounded.”

One of the men is described as being white, in his mid 30s, of medium build, had short, spiky hair that was gelled and had a beard. He was wearing a dark hooded top and tracksuit pants.

The victim was unable to catch sight of the other attacker.

DC Rachel Forsythe, from Wigan CID, said: “Clearly the victim has been left shocked by her ordeal and we are determined to find those responsible for this terrible crime.

“I would urge anyone who may have seen something or heard the beeping of the car horn between midnight and 12.30am on Sunday to contact us. You may hold vital information which would enable us to catch these men.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7149 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.