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A TEENAGE girl was sexually assaulted as she walked home from a bus station.

At about 3.50pm on Wednesday 22 June 2011 the 14-year-old girl was walking on Chapel Street after getting off a bus at Leigh bus station.

The offender approached her, tried to talk to her, pulled her into an area known as Lancaster Court and sexually assaulted her on Peter Street. He attacked her three times in ten minutes.

He eventually left along the back of Severn Street.

He is described as being white, about 5ft 4in tall, of chubby build and about 18-years-old. He had short blonde hair and was wearing a white T shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Constable Julian Hopkins said: “We have launched a thorough inquiry to trace this man and trained officers have been helping the victim.

“While incidents of this nature are rare in Leigh, we would urge anyone with information that can help us trace the offender get in touch with us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7259 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.