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22 January 2015, 12:35
A teenage boy was attacked and raped as he walked his dog in the Park Bridge area of Ashton on Sunday 2nd November 2014, he's only recently reported it to police.
It happened around 3pm near the heritage centre and the tea rooms.
The teenager says he let his dog off the lead and felt someone put their hand around his mouth from behind.
His attacker then restrained him by putting his arm behind his back, he tried to fend him off but the offender grabbed hold of him and raped him before walking off.
The man is described as white, aged between 30 and 40, around 5ft 8in tall, pale skin, He was a stubby build and had short black spiked hair on the top with blonde short back
Detective Inspector Richard Ennis, said: "This was a terrifying attack on a teenage boy who has been left traumatised by the events. He felt he could not report the attack until now and we have specially trained officers
providing any support they can.
"I'd like to reassure both him and the community that we have a team of experienced detectives working on the case and we are determined to catch the man responsible.
"I would those who regularly use the area to cast their mind back to that day. Did you see anyone fitting the description near to the heritage centre or were you approached by someone similar? If you
did, please call us immediately.
"We have increased patrols in the area and I would ask those who feel concerned by what has happened to speak to their local officer. As part of our inquiries, we will be asking those who run, walk and cycle
in the area for any information they may have.
"Incidents like this quite rightly cause concern in the community, but I want to reassure everyone that we are treating this extremely seriously and now want to hear from anyone who may have heard or saw anything.