Urgent appeal to find man who ‘exposed himself’ and tried to grab stranger in Salford park
Police say the victim was able to get free, but has been left "very distressed".
An urgent appeal for witnesses has been made after police received reports of a man exposing himself and “making sexual advances” to a stranger in a Salford park.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained that officers received a call at approximately 4:15pm on Tuesday afternoon (14 March) to reports of a woman being grabbed by an unknown man in Buile Hill Park, near to the Lower Seedley Road side of the park.
While police confirmed the victim was able to get free, they were understandably left “very distressed” by the encounter.
Then, just a short time later, a further report of a man exposing himself on Eccles New Road was received – which led GMP to reveal they believe the two incidents are “linked”.
Now GMP is urgently appealing to the public to help identify the man.
According to GMP, the man is described as being white, in his late teens to early twenties, and between 5ft 5 and 5ft 8 inches tall.
He was dressed in a dark-coloured beanie hat, dark-coloured top, tracksuit bottoms, and dark trainers, at the time of the incidents in question, and it’s also believed that he spoke with a local Salford / Greater Manchester accent.
GMP says investigations are currently ongoing, but no arrests have been made as of yet.
“We need to speak to this man as soon as possible,” Detective Inspector Gareth Humphreys of the Salford district explained.
“We are asking for homes, businesses and vehicles in the area to check their CCTV and doorbell/dashcam footage around the time of the incidents.”
In response to the distressing incident, a large number of police officers have been deployed to the Salford area in an effort to “locate and apprehend the suspect”, GMP has confirmed.
“It’s important that residents and other members of the public in the area feel safe and reassured and as such, we have increased our patrols, particularly in and around Buile Hill Park,” DI Humphreys assured the public.
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Anyone with any information is asked to contact Salford CID on 0161 856 5261, or dial 101 and quote log number 232 of 14 March 2023, or alternatively, you can pass information over anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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