Police investigating a number of sex attacks on lone women in Withington have released efit images of the offender.
Between Monday 6 January and Saturday 25 January 2014, an offender struck five times in the area around Everett Road, Withington.
It is believed the same offender also struck in March this year. Between 7.40pm and 10.10pm on Monday 3 March 2014, the offender sexually assaulted three women on Neston Avenue, Withington, Mauldeth Road, Ladybarn and Burton Road, Withington.
There was then a further attack at 10.15pm on Sunday 9 March 2014 on Palatine Road near to Everett Road.
In each case, he targeted lone young women and briefly grabbed them and sexually assaulted them.
These attacks on women have occurred between 6.15pm and 11.00pm.
The features common in the description of the offender are he is between 5ft 5in and 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, wore a hoody and baggy jogging style bottoms.
In the last four incidents he was also riding a dark coloured mountain bike.
Detective Sergeant Doug Cowan of South Manchester Division said: “Thankfully we haven’t had any new reports of related incidents since he last struck in March.
“However, we don’t want to be complacent which is why we have been continuing to investigate. As part of this we have spoken in detail to the victims and they have helped us put together an efit of the offender.
“From what they tell us, the suspect is quite young -Â in his mid to late teens -Â and is now riding a dark-coloured mountain bike.
“Obviously we don’t want to alarm people, but to alert women of the risks posed to them and to be on their guard.
“We need to consider that there may be other victims who have not yet come forward and I would urge them to do so.
“Also I would ask lone women, especially joggers, to be aware of their surroundings, to stick to well-lit areas and, most importantly, to go out with someone else wherever possible.
“As part of this we are appealing for any witnesses who saw any of the sexual assault incidents to contact the police.
“If you know who is responsible for these attacks, please contact us on 101 or onÂ 0161 856 4973.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.
- If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
- You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on0161 276 6515.
- St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.
- Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline:Â 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline:Â 0161 273 4514.
- Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246