Teenager sexually assaulted in Tyldesley

A teenager was sexually assaulted by a man brandishing a kitchen knife as she walked home from a night out in Greater Manchester, police have said.

The 19-year-old was walking along Factory Street in Tyldesley at about 0400 BST when the man confronted her.

He pulled out the knife, made the woman turn around and then sexually assaulted her, Greater Manchester Police said.

The man, described as black, in his 30s, at least 6ft (1.8m) and of average build, fled down Factory Street.

Det Sgt Graham Clare, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "My team of detectives is working tirelessly to track down the man responsible for putting this woman through a horrendous experience.

"I am sure the community is as appalled as we are and we'd like them to work with us to catch the offender. If you saw or know something about this attack, please contact us."

He said people should try to arrange transport home from a night out in advance, travel in a group where possible and stick to busy well-lit areas if walking alone is unavoidable.

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