Appeal to find Manchester park rape victim's bag

Police investigating the rape of a woman in a Manchester park are searching for her bag which they say may prove a vital piece of evidence.

The 44-year-old was standing at the gates of Birchfields Park at 0600 BST on Friday when she was dragged along the ground before being raped.

There is no description of her attacker and police are looking at CCTV.

She had been carrying a cream shopping bag, with orange leaves and flowers on it, which has not yet been found.

It contained an A4 leather zip-around document folder with notes relating to the woman's work, an A5 notebook, a memory stick and a jar of coffee.

Appeal to park-goers

Det Insp Paul Parker, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "It is important we find out where that bag is now.

"Maybe somebody saw it and thought nothing of it, or maybe you have seen somebody with it.

"I'd really like to know where it is now, so if you have any idea, I'd urge you to call us."

He also appealed to anyone who was in or near the park early on Friday to get in touch with police.

"You may have been on your way to work when you saw someone acting suspiciously," he said.

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