Cops hunt bus stop sex fiend

Man police want to speak to in connection with the sexual assault of a woman at a bus stop on Market Street, Atherton
Man police want to speak to in connection with the sexual assault of a woman at a bus stop on Market Street, Atherton

POLICE are hunting a pervert who sexually assaulted a woman at a bus stop.

They today issued a picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attack which happened on Market Street, Atherton, near to the Boots Chemists, at about 9.30pm on Sunday June 24.

The 27-year-old victim was sitting waiting for a bus when she was confronted by a stranger who initially indecently propositioned the victim.

When he was firmly rebuffed, he then sexually assaulted her.

Detectives are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

They want to speak to ma man in relation to the incident who is described as being white, 24 to 25 years old, about 5ft 8ins tall, of a medium build and with short dark hair.

He was wearing a black coat zipped up, dark blue jeans with two white Vs on the back pockets and dark shoes or trainers.

DC Jon Quigley, of Wigan CID, said: “This woman was simply minding her own business, waiting for her bus, when she was approached by a man who then sexually assaulted her.

“It could have been anyone sitting at that stop, so I would ask people who have any information about the whereabouts of the offender to come forward before he targets anyone else.

“We have released some CCTV stills of the man and I would urge people to look very closely at the image, and if you recognise him or have any information whatsoever about where he may be, then please call us. He also had distinctive marks on the back of his jeans so you may know someone who has such a pair.

“The woman is clearly extremely upset following her ordeal and the best peace of mind we can give is to find her attacker and bring him to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7248 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Victims of such crimes can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515. It 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. Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Its confidential helpline number is 0161 273 4500.