Manchester

Sex attack on nine-year-old girl in Heywood alley

A nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man who attacked her as she walked through an alleyway in Greater Manchester.

The girl was walking through the passage between Sabden Close and Partington Street in Heywood at 1430 BST on Sunday when she was grabbed.

She managed to break free and ran away from the attacker.

The man is described as white, aged about 30, muscular with very short light brown hair.

He wore a T-shirt with a black waistcoat and had colourful tattoos on his arms.

'Appalling attack'

Supt Martin Greenhalgh said the girl was "extremely distressed".

He added: "What has happened to this girl is appalling and it is vital this man is caught.

"A dedicated team of detectives is working exclusively and tirelessly on this.

"I do not want to panic the community, because attacks like this are thankfully extremely rare, but I'd urge people to be vigilant and it may be a good idea for children to stick together."

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