Face of man on a run who police want to find after woman sexually attacked

Police have released a new image of a man they want to speak after a woman was sexually assaulted in Stockport woodland.

The attack happened at around 6.40pm on Saturday (June 11) on a footpath between Brook Road and Mill Lane in Cheadle, police said. A woman was walking alone along the wooded footpath towards the back of the Alexandra Hospital when she noticed a man walking behind her.

A few minutes later, a male ran past the victim and headed in the direction of Cheadle Mill. Shortly afterwards, a male, believed to be the one who previously ran past her, grabbed her bottom before pulling at her t-shirt and hair.

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She was left ‘extremely shaken up’ after the assault. Police released an initial picture of the back of a man they wanted to speak to after carrying out a number of lines of enquiry.

This morning (Monday), they have released a new photo of the male. His face is pictured and he appears to be running and wearing sportswear.

Anyone who recognises him is being urged to come forward. A tweet posted by GMP Stockport said: “Detectives in #Stockport have released a further image of a male they believe may have information about a sexual assault that took place in #Cheadle on Saturday 11 June. Call 0161 856 9790 if you know anything.”

Detectives have released an image of a man they would like to speak to following a sexual assault in Stockport
Police initially released this picture of a man they want to speak to

In a previous statement, Detective Sergeant Matthew Tarr, from Stockport CID, said: “This was a scary assault on a lone female who was simply going for a walk and is now extremely shaken up. We’re appealing for anyone who may have seen or recognise the male pictured to come forward as it may be able to assist with our on-going investigation.

“Anyone with information or may have witnessed anything is asked to call 0161 856 9790 or report it online at www.gmp.police.uk. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 3017 of 11/06/2022.”

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