On Air

2:00PM - 7:00PM

Send a message Listen Live

Woman sexaully assaulted at bus stop in Atherton

Thursday, July 12th 2012 01:00

CCTV images of man Police want to talk to released

A woman was sexually assaulted at a bus stop in Wigan.

It happened at the bus shelter on Market Street, Atherton - near to the Boots Chemists - at about 9.30pm on Sunday 24 June 2012.

The woman, 27, was sat down waiting for a bus when she was confronted by the offender who initially indecently propositioned the victim. When he was firmly rebuffed, he then sexually assaulted her.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

The offender is described as being white, 24 to 25-years-old, about 5ft 8in tall, of a medium build and with short dark hair. He was wearing a black coat zipped up, dark blue jeans with two white Vs on the back pockets and dark shoes or trainers.

Detective Constable Jon Quigley, of Wigan CID, said: "This woman was simply minding her own business, waiting for her bus, when she was approached by a man who then sexually assaulted her.

"It could have been anyone sat at that stop, so I would ask people who have any information about the whereabouts of the offender to come forward before he targets anyone else.

"We have released some CCTV stills of the man and I would urge people to look very closely at the image, and if you recognise him or have any information whatsoever about where he may be, then please call us. He also had distinctive marks on the back of his jeans so you may know someone who has such a pair.

"The woman is clearly extremely upset following her ordeal and the best peace of mind we can give is to find her attacker and bring him to justice."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7248 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

- You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 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: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 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 246 267.

More from Local

Tower FM VIP Club

Facebook user?

Log in with Facebook ----------------

Join our club today!

Log In Register