Greater Manchester Police officers investigating a rape and three stabbings at a Trafford rave have released update tonight (July 15).
The incidents happened on Saturday evening after three illegal raves broke out across Greater Manchester. One in Trafford, one in Droylsden and one in Oldham. Over 7,000 people attended the raves in total – with reports of parents even dropping their kids off.
However, things quickly got out of hand, and shortly after 2.50am officers were called after reports that a woman had been raped by a man at Broad Oak Woods in Carrington, by a man who she is believed to have met earlier that night.
According to Greater Manchester Police, the man is thought to be aged between 20 and 25 and is described as a white man with a Salford accent, standing at 5ft 7/8ins tall with a medium build.
He was believed to be “wearing what appeared to be a grey tracksuit and has dark blonde hair; short at the sides and with a longer fringe to one side,” it states on the official GMP website.
The statement continues: “No arrests have been made and specialist officers are supporting her at this time.
“Earlier that evening, an 18-year-old man was seriously assaulted and responding officers administered life-saving first aid at the scene before paramedics arrived.
“The man remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.”
There were also two other reported attacks that night in which two other men – aged 25 and 26 – were also injured but have since been discharged from hospital.
GMP’s statement continues: “An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and is in custody to be questioned by detectives.
“Police are also aware and are investigating a video on social media purporting to show three men and a woman wielding large bladed weapons close to the area where the rave is said to have taken place.
“Anyone who may have witnessed any of incidents, or have information in relation to them, is asked to contact the police or Crimestoppers to aid detectives’ enquiries.”
It is being stressed by police that no retrospective action will be taken on anybody who attended the raves and calls in with information – they simply want to focus all of their attention on the attacks that took place.
Detective Inspector Julian Scarsbrook, of GMP’s Trafford division, said: “This is an urgent appeal for information relating to the horrific rape of a woman and three vicious assaults – one of which almost cost a young man his life.
“While I – like the majority of the public – was shocked and dismayed at the scenes in Carrington on Saturday night, my interest is entirely focussed on investigating the serious crimes that took place that evening.
“I understand some people may be reluctant to contact police because they were present at the rave on Saturday and don’t want to land themselves in trouble, but I must stress that the severity of these crimes outweigh any self-interests people may possess.
“No one should feel deterred from providing the police or Crimestoppers with any information that they believe could have the slightest bit of relevance into finding those responsible for these assaults.
“If you saw anyone in possession of a potential weapon or noticed certain hostilities between groups that night, it is vitally important that you get in touch and provide us with as much information as possible.
“Information will be treated with the strictest confidence and I urge any witnesses or those with details that could aid our enquiries to do the right thing and contact us directly, or anonymously through Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 7573 quoting Operation Norfolk. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Video footage can be uploaded via the following link: SCD.CCTV@GMP.POLICE.UK