CCTV released after Manchester city centre rape attempt

CCTV images of a man wanted over the attempted rape of a woman in Manchester have been released by police.

The 25-year-old woman was thrown to the floor near the junction of Postal Street and Newton Street just before 03:50 GMT on 12 November.

Her attacker told her he had a knife and ordered her to undress before smashing her head on the ground. He ran off when two men heard her screams.

The footage shows the man buttoning his shirt as he walked near the scene.

He was recorded on CCTV as he walked down Whittle Street and Spear Street.

He is described as black, about 5ft 6in (1.7m) to 6ft (1.8m) tall and he spoke with a Caribbean accent, said police.

'Violent beating'

Anyone who recognises the man is urged to contact police.

The woman was taken to hospital after the attack for treatment to facial injuries.

Det Insp Andy Naismith said: "The victim had been having an enjoyable evening with friends and for it to end this way is horrendous.

"We have a dedicated team of detectives meticulously working on this investigation and I am now eager to hear from anyone who thinks they recognise the person in the CCTV.

"The victim suffered a violent beating and was saved from being raped by two men who heard her screams for help. We need to find the person responsible before he strikes again.

"Somebody knows who he is and by getting in touch with us they can help take a violent and dangerous individual off the streets."

A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape has been released on bail until 22 December.

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