Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped at an AstroTurf pitch in Oldham.
Shortly after 4.40am this morning (Saturday 21 July 2018) a woman in her 20s had been walking on Westend Street when she was approached by a man.
Suddenly he grabbed her, and pulled her onto an AstroTurf pitch nearby, where he assaulted the woman.
She was struck with a roof slate and strangled, before the offender raped her.
The woman went to a house nearby to call for help, at which point police were alerted to the incident.
She has been taken to hospital for treatment of her injuries and is being supported by specially trained officers.
A scene has been established around the AstroTurf pitch off Westend Street while officers carry out their enquiries.
The offender is described as a white man, in his early 20s, of a slim build with mousey brown hair and a Manchester accent. He was wearing dark clothing with a hood pulled over his head.
Detective Inspector Ian Harratt of GMP’s Oldham borough, said: “It’s very distressing that a young woman has been attacked and raped in such a brutal way, we are doing everything we can to find the person responsible.
“We are taking this very seriously, and although we believe it is an isolated incident, you will see extra officers in the area today and this evening, carrying out house to house enquiries and gathering information.
“While we are supporting the woman, we really need help from people in the local area to come forward and share any information about the early hours of this morning.
“If you have CCTV cameras, please review your footage and contact our local team if you have anything which could help our enquiries.
“It may seem minor, but that detail could be the key to finding who this man is and ensuring he is held to account for his actions.”
Please speak to our local team on 0161 856 9080 if you have any information, or make an anonymous report through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.