Teen’s street nightmare

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POLICE are hunting a sex fiend who attacked a schoolgirl three times as she walked home from a bus station.

The youngster was today being comforted by relatives after the traumatic broad daylight assault in Leigh last week.

Officers today issued a description of the pervert and appealed for information that would help them track him down.

The 14-year-old girl’s ordeal began at about 3.50pm on Wednesday June 22 as she was walking along Chapel Street after getting off a bus at Leigh bus station.

A stranger approached her, tried to talk to her, then pulled her into an area known as Lancaster Court and sexually assaulted her on Peter Street.

He attacked her three times in the space of 10 minutes. He eventually fled along the back of Severn Street.

The pervert is described as white, about 5ft 4ins tall, of chubby build and about 18 years old. He had short blond hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms.

DC Julian Hopkins said: “We have launched a thorough inquiry to trace this man and trained officers have been helping the victim.

“While incidents of this nature are rare in Leigh, we would urge anyone with information that can help us trace the offender to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7259 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault is urged to contact police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency. 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 co-ordinated 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.