The young girl managed to flee and ran towards a dog walker who raised the alarm and on arrival officers conducted an immediate search of the area – but the offender was not located
Police have issued CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl.
The victim was sexually attacked after she became separated from her friends while out in Openshaw.
As she made her way home, the girl was approached by a man who took her to wasteland near Kincraig Close and sexually assaulted her before attempting to rape her.
Police were alerted shortly after 2pm on Saturday, February 10.
The young girl managed to flee and ran towards a dog walker who raised the alarm and on arrival officers conducted an immediate search of the area – but the offender was not located.
Further enquiries have since established that a man matching the description of the offender was seen arriving at Clayton Hall tram stop at 1.33pm after traveling there on the Ashton line from Edge Lane tram stop.
He was also spotted in other locations in Openshaw that day, both before and after the incident took place.
The investigation team is keeping an open mind as to whether or not the offender may have come from a different area of Greater Manchester.
On Tuesday evening, officers released images of the man they want to speak to in connection with the attack.
Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Boyce, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “We are continuing to do all we can to find the man responsible for this horrendous attack on an innocent young girl but we still need the public’s help.