Police release CCTV footage of potential witnesses a year after a rape of a student in Fallowfield

The attack took place on 6th December last year

Detectives have released fresh CCTV footage of four potential witnesses they believe could help catch a rapist a year after the attack.

The footage shows a group of four people walking along Ladybarn Lane in Fallowfield, moments before a female student was attacked.

You can see the video footage here.

New CCTV footage show four potential key witnesses moments before the student was attacked.

The attack took place between 11.45pm on Friday, 5th December, and 12.17am the following Saturday morning.

The student in her early 20s was walking home from a friend’s house when she was grabbed from behind by a stranger.

He pushed her down an alleyway off Ladybarn Lane where he attacked her.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape after an investigation was launched but was later released without charge.

A year later and with no further arrests, GMP detectives have released fresh CCTV footage in a bid to find potential key witnesses as their investigation continues.

The suspect is described as having light-coloured black skin, around 6ft tall, of medium build, with black hair and aged in his 20s.

He was wearing a grey hooded top with a white zip and black leather smart shoes.

The horrific incident has been linked to a previous rape which took place in between Whitby Road and Filey Road on 25th October last year, where the victim was also a student.

Officers feel it could be linked with an attack by Whitby Road

Detective Inspector Rebecca Duggan said: “It has been a year since these crimes were committed.

“Throughout this time, my team and I have worked to identify the individual responsible for this offence.

“I would like to reassure the community that this type of crime is rare, and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that it is investigated thoroughly to bring this offender to justice.

“That is demonstrated by the fact that we are issuing this new information now, it does not matter how long it takes, we will continue to fight for justice for these victims.

“The victim has been receiving support from specially trained officers and support agencies and has been through a terrible ordeal.

“Please have a good look at this CCTV and take the time to call to help this victim get justice.”

Anyone with information can call 0161 856 2124 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.