Young man raped and robbed in Manchester city centre

It happened around 4:30am on Wednesday

The 23-year-old victim was walking along at about 4:30am on Brazil Street when he was approached by a man.

The man led the victim to believe he was just being friendly, and they walked together for a short time. After this, the man raped him in a doorway, taking his watch and ring in the act.

The rapist was believed to have run away, down Whitworth street.

The suspect is described as around 30 years old, Asian, of medium build and with short black hair and a beard. He is believed to speak little English, and was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a black jacket.

GMP are urging anyone who knows anything or witnessed the incident around the area of the Gay village.

Det Insp David Moores, from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “We are currently reviewing CCTV from the area and are carrying out a number of enquiries.

“I would like to reassure the public we are doing everything possible to find the man responsible for this and I would urge anyone who may have witnessed something to please contact us.

“We are offering the victim specialist support at this difficult time and he has shown immense bravery in coming forward.

“Help and support will always be there for people who want to come forward and report sexual offences or speak to someone about concerns they may have.

“If you saw a man matching this description in the area around the time of the offence, then please also report it as any information could be key to our investigation.”

It is important for us to remember that rape knows no gender.

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 1911, quoting incident number 221 of 19 October 2016 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.