Police increase patrols as they continue to investigate Rochdale rape case

Police are continuing to investigate the rape of a teenage girl in Rochdale. 

At around 5pm on Wednesday 15 January 2020, a 16-year-old girl was walking through an alley off Birch Road when she was pushed to the ground and raped by a man.

The offender is described as being black or of dual heritage, between 30 and 40-years-old, around 5ft 8ins tall and of medium build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing blue jeans and smelt strongly of aftershave.

Enquiries are ongoing and significant lines of enquiry are being explored.

The cordon has been removed.

Superintendent Richard Hunt, of GMP’s Rochdale division, said: “I would like to start by saying that, as our investigation continues, our thoughts remain with the victim and her family. Specialist officers are continuing to support them.

“We are committed to identifying the man responsible and bringing him to justice so I would like to take this opportunity to ask anyone who has any information which may assist us to contact us as soon as possible.   

“Incidents like this understandably cause concerns in communities but a dedicated team of officers are working tirelessly and will continue to into the weekend. To offer reassurance, the mobile police station and increased patrols will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

“I am thankful to those who have seen our appeal and have spoken with my officers and would like to stress that we will continue to follow every possible line of enquiry. This serious offending is abhorrent and will not be tolerated."

The mobile police station is on Birch Road, Wardle, Rochdale and will be staffed seven days a week between the hours of 7am and 9pm.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4646 quoting 2066 15/01/2020.

Alternatively, the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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