Bridgewater Canal at Timperley Bridge: Pic Darren Marsden

A man has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults in Trafford.

Between Tuesday 2 March and Sunday 7 March 2021 officers received seven separate reports of sexual assaults centred on canal and river towpaths in the Trafford area.

In each report, the offender has approached the victim from behind on a mountain bike, before touching them inappropriately whilst riding past.

The incidents reported were at various times of the day from 2nd March to the 7th on Bridgewater Canal and one incident where a female runner apparently had her bum smacked and another incident occurred on Little Ees Lane, Sale.

Thankfully no injuries have been reported and officers are treating the incidents as linked.

A 28-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. He remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Dave Jones GMP’s Trafford District said: “Thankfully no injuries were reported following these incidents but events like this can cause considerable distress and upset for those involved. We understand the concern and worry this can also cause for the wider community and I want to reassure you we are taking these reports incredibly seriously and currently have increased police patrols in the area.

“Although we currently have one man in custody for questioning our investigation continues and we would appeal to anyone who may have any concerns or information relating to these incidents to come forward and assist police with our enquiries.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone else who feels they may have also been subject to a similar assault to please come forward and speak with police. Your report or concerns will be treated with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity and there are also a range of specialist support services available across Greater Manchester.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7544 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.