Manhunt for attempted rapist after broad daylight attack on teen in woodland

Greater Manchester Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to following an attack on a female in her late teens in Droylsden

A search is underway for a man who attempted to rape a teenager in woodland in a terrifying attack.

Police have released an e-fit image of a man detectives want to talk to following the attack in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

It happened in broad daylight at around 2.45pm on Sunday, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The victim, who is in her late teens, was walking through a wooded area when she was approached by a man, police said.

He attacked her, but she was able to bravely fight back and escape.

The man then fled the scene, leaving the victim ‘extremely shaken’.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Detectives have now released an e-fit of a man they want to talk to.

The man is described as white and aged in his 20s.

He is described as approximately 5ft 10in tall, of skinny build, with brown eyes, brown hair which was cut in a faded style, distinctive teeth, crooked nose and prominent cheek bones.

He is believed to have been wearing a full dark blue Nike tracksuit and black shoes at the time of the attack.

The male is believed to have approached the victim from the direction of Droylsden Academy playing fields.

He ran off initially towards the top end of the vale, heading away from the school, police said.

Detective Sergeant Alison Haxby of GMP’s Tameside district said “This was a terrifying incident, and although the victim bravely fought back and managed to escape, she has been left extremely shaken and continues to be supported by officers.

“I understand that news of this incident will leave members of the public and local residents concerned and I would like to reassure them that we are taking this report extremely seriously.

“We have a dedicated team of officers assigned to this case and we have increased patrols in the area.

“I would urge members of the public to be vigilant when in this area and report anything suspicious immediately to police.

“Anyone who may have any information – including dashcam, doorbell or CCTV footage from the area around the time of the incident – should please contact police.”