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Woman in 20s raped by group of men in ‘random attack’ in park

Police at the scene in Wythenshawe this morning (Credits: MEN Media)

A woman in her 20s has been gang raped by a group of men overnight in Manchester, police said.

The ‘random and sickening’ attack took place in Kirkup Gardens, Wythenshawe, at around 12.30am this morning.

No-one has yet been arrested and police have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

Officers continue to search for evidence at the scene.

Chief Inspector Cara Charlesworth said: ‘A truly horrendous incident took place last night and we are supporting the victim at this awful time with our specialist officers.

‘At this stage this appears to have been a random and sickening attack and our officers are working tirelessly to identify those responsible.

A police cordon at the scene (Picture: MEN Media)

‘In the meantime, we have increased our police presence in the area, and the public should feel reassured that if they have any concerns they can approach our officers directly.

‘I appreciate it was the middle of the night and there won’t have been many witnesses to this attack, but if anyone has any information then I implore you to get in touch as every bit of detail at this stage has the potential to be crucial.’

One neighbour said: ‘It’s awful. I just hope she’s okay. It’s a big worry, it being so local.

‘There’s never any trouble in the park normally and it’s really well used.’

Councillor Sarah Judge, who also represents Woodhouse Park for Labour and is lead member for women on Manchester City Council, said: ‘It is a terrifying thing for the community when something like this happens.

‘I want to reassure the public that the police and the council are doing all they can to keep the public safe.

‘If anyone does know anything I would urge them to come forward to stop things like this happening in our community.

‘Recently we passed the motion through council dealing with violence against women.

‘This terrible attack proves the absolute need for us to do more on this subject.’

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