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Manhunt for rapist who grabbed woman, 22, under bridge in early morning attack

A manhunt has been launched after a young woman was raped in a horrifying city centre attack.

The victim, 22, was set upon as she walked in Manchester city centre on Sunday.

She was out at 6.30am when the man grabbed her as she passed him.

The attacker was last seen walking up Liverpool Road before police were called, Manchester Evening News reports.

He is described as being black, in his mid-to-late 20s, around 5ft 10, of slim build, with shoulder length dreadlocks.

His hair was said to be parted far on one side and swept over his head.

The terrifying attack happened as the woman walked up Liverpool Road towards Water Street

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It’s believed he was wearing a thick black coat, dark grey jogging bottoms and a dark top underneath. He is reported to have spoke with a French accent.

Investigating officers are now hoping that the public can help identify the man or provide information which can help with enquiries.

And police would also like to hear from a taxi driver who helped the victim after the attack.

Detective Inspector Jen Tattersall from Greater Manchester Police, said: “This was a terrifying attack on a young woman by a complete stranger.

The man grabbed the woman as she walked passed him

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“We have a good description of the man and are hoping someone will recognise him and get in touch.

"We are also keen to speak to the taxi driver who saw the victim after the incident occurred.

“The woman is being supported through this difficult time by our specialist officers. I would like to commend her for her bravery so far.

“Our officers are doing everything they can to find the person responsible.”

Traffic and lighting is minimal in the area as Water Street is currently impacted by nearby roadworks at Regent Road and ongoing building work for the new ‘Factory’ arts venue.

Police are hunting a man who spoke with a French accent

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Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police on 0161 856 64409 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The terrifying sex attack comes just days after a teenager dragged a woman into bushes and raped her.

The man, who is believed to be 18, had been sitting chatting with his victim in the Memorial Gardens, Crawley, before the attack.

The 30-year-old victim managed to flee after the rape and told police.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "We are investigating a report that a woman was raped in the Memorial Gardens in Crawley, in the early hours of today.

"Officers are still establishing the circumstances after the 30-year-old victim said she was sitting in the gardens with a man she had met there earlier.

A woman was dragged into a bush in Crawley and raped in a similar, separate incident

"He then took her into some bushes and raped her sometime between 1am and 2.25am before running off towards the Kingsgate car park.

"She is being supported by specially trained officers.

"The suspect is described as aged about 18 years, white with black long scruffy hair down to his ears and a medium black beard.

"He was wearing a white hoodie, possibly North Face, blue jeans, white Nike trainers and a big gold watch."

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