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14 January 2015, 13:19
A police investigation's on after an elderly woman was sexually assaulted in South Manchester.
Officers were alerted by a friend of the 83 year- old shortly after 1pm on Tuesday 13 January.
The offender had befriended the victim over a number of weeks and had gone to visit her on Tuesday morning and during the visit sexually assaulted her.
After theassault, at around midday, the victim tried to escape her attacker by agreeing to walk with him and her two dogs in Alexandra Park. While they were out the man asked two passers-by for a lighter. Police want or those two to come forward.
The man is described as Asian or mixed-race, 30s-40s, and was wearing dark clothing and a hat.
Detective Inspector Rebecca Duggan said: "This is a disturbing incident that has left the victim distressed. Specially trained officers are supporting her and assisting her family to care for her at this difficult time.
"The local community will be shocked to hear what has happened but I can reassure them we are thoroughly investigating.
"I would ask anyone who saw the man and woman in Alexandra Park to please get in touch. We are keen to speak to the two people that the man asked to borrow lighters from to come forward and assist our investigation.