Woman raped in park

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A MANHUNT has been launched after a young woman was raped in a Wigan park.

The 20-year-old victim was today being comforted by family and specialist support officers after the vicious sex attack in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were alerted by the distressed victim at 8am that day who said she had been attacked in the playground of Alexandra Park, Newtown, two and a half hours earlier.

She has undergone counselling and a medical examination at the specialist St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester as police began the search for her assailant.

An area near the tennis courts was cordoned off with police tape for a period.

A Wigan CID spokesman said: “Police are investigating after a 20-year-old woman was raped in a Wigan park.

“Some time after 5.30am on Sunday, October 16, the victim was in Alexandra Park, between Warrington Road and Victoria Road when a man raped her.

“Officers attended and the woman is being supported by specially trained officers from GMP’s Nightingale project.

“Inquiries are ongoing.”

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. 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.

Anyone with information about the Alexandra Park attack is asked to ring Wigan CID on 0161 872 5307 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.