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Police investigating the assault of a woman in Withington have released a new CCTV image

Officers investigating the assault of a woman in Withington have released a new CCTV image.

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At around 4.45pm on Thursday 25 July 2019, a woman in her 30s was stood at a bus stop outside of St Cuthbert’s Church on Palatine Road when a man approached her from behind.

He grabbed her by placing his left arm around her neck to the point where she found it difficult to breathe.

The woman felt an unknown object being pressed into the right side of her lower back, which caused a large scratch.

The man spoke with a Manchester accent and told her ‘You’re coming with me’.

He then dragged her backwards towards St Cuthbert’s Church garden, located directly behind the bus stop.

A passing motorist noticed the incident unfolding and intervened by sounding the horn on their car in an effort to disturb the man.

He released his grip and made off in the direction of Marriott Street.

The woman was then assisted by a member of the public and police were called

Inspector Shoheb Chowdhury, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “Since the report came into us at the end of July, we’ve been following every single line of enquiry available to us but unfortunately, we’ve not yet been able to find the man in connection with the investigation.

“The woman suffered a terrifying ordeal and is still shaken up from the experience, but is recovering at home.

“We want to speak to the man in the image in connection with the assault and I’m appealing for anyone with information to contact us. We believe that the man pictured may have been wearing a jumper at the time the assault took place.

“The incident took place during rush hour on a busy main road, so we’re confident that members of the public may have witnessed the attack and can assist us.

“At the beginning of the investigation, I made a specific appeal for anyone with dash cam footage who was in the vicinity around the time of this incident. This appeal is still in place and I would encourage anyone who may have captured an image of this man or the events surrounding the incident to provide us with the footage, as it would be crucial to our investigation.

“We would also appeal to the driver who beeped their horn and the member of the public who helped the woman after the attack to contact us.

“If you can help our investigation, please get in touch immediately.”

Anyone with any information about the assault should contact police on 0161 856 4423 quoting incident number 2275 of 25/7/2019.

Information can be also passed anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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