Manchester

Dog walker and runner stop Clayton Vale attempted rape

Clayton Vale nature reserve Image copyright david dixon
Image caption The woman was attacked while out running in Clayton Vale nature reserve

A dog walker and a runner helped a woman fight off a man who was trying to rape her in Manchester, police have said.

The 30-year-old was attacked while running in Clayton Vale nature reserve at about 11:45 BST on Tuesday.

Her screams were heard by the man and woman, who were nearby. Police said the female dog walker kicked the attacker repeatedly to drive him away.

The attacker, described as Asian, slim and of average height, escaped by bike.

Greater Manchester Police said he was in his late 20s or early 30s, had short dark hair, scars on both cheeks and was wearing a dark tracksuit top and jogging bottoms with gold or yellow embroidery.

Det Insp Tanya Kitchen said it had been "a deeply traumatising experience" for the woman, who was being supported by specially trained officers.

"Thankfully she did not suffer any serious injuries, but that should take nothing away from the deeply shocking nature of this attack," she said.

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