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Taxi driver helps stop attempted rape of woman in Bury

07/05/2013

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Detectives are investigating the attempted rape of a woman in Bury.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, was on a night out in Bury on Sunday 5 May 2013, when she met the offender in Blind Tiger.
The pair went on to Pics bar before they got into a taxi from Kay Gardens sometime after 4am the following morning, Monday 6 May 2013.
The victim was dropped off in the Radcliffe area, and instead of continuing with his journey, the offender got out of the car,
He attacked the woman on the street, ripping her clothes off her and exposing himself.
He was disturbed by another passing taxi and ran off.
The taxi driver then took the victim to the police station where she reported what had happened.
The offender is described as being in his late 20s, with olive skin and short black hair that was spiky on top. He had very dark eyes and a long straight nose. During the course of the evening he told the victim he was from Greece and Cyprus and was also described by a witness as looking Turkish.
Detective Sergeant Martin Ashurst, from the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “The victim is understandably deeply upset by what happened and we are supporting her as best we can.
“Had the offender not been disturbed there is no doubt in my mind he would have raped the woman and we are doing all we can to identify him.
“I want to appeal to the taxi driver who picked them both up from Kay Gardens in Bury in the early hours of Monday morning and who took them to Radcliffe to contact us as you may have some information that can help us.
“If anyone was out that night and remembers seeing someone matching the description of the offender please contact me.
“I would also like appeal directly to the person we want to trace to come forward and speak to us.
“This incident unfortunately shows that there are people out there waiting to take advantage of lone women and I want to remind people how important it is not to trust strangers and to always plan your journey home if you are on a night out.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Sexual Offences Unit on 0161 856 1741 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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