Teen raped after accepting lift home

EVIDENCE: Police believe the rapist used a black three-door Hyundai Coupe to roam around Manchester city centre

A TEENAGER was raped after accepting a lift home from a stranger in Manchester city centre.

The 18-year-old woman was on a night out with her boyfriend and some other friends in the city on 3 January 2010 when a man pulled up in a car outside the McDonald’s Restaurant on Oxford Street at about 5.15am.

The driver asked if they wanted a lift home, but the victim declined and he drove away.

Later that morning, the victim became separated from the group after an argument and walked from the restaurant to outside the Circus casino on Portland Street. The driver followed her and again pulled up to offer a lift.

Drunk, vulnerable and with no means to get home, the victim got into his car. She was then driven to a secluded spot and raped. She managed to escape and ran off.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information about the incident to come forward, and have released CCTV stills of the offender’s car to encourage anyone who recognises it to come forward.

It is believed to be a black three-door Hyundai Coupe.

The man is described as Asian, of medium build, in his early 20s, with short-styled hair, brown eyes, dark jeans and wearing an orange or peach T-shirt.

DC Andrew Quinn, of Salford CID, said: “We have not released these details to cause concern in the community and I would stress incidents like this are thankfully rare.

“However, it is right that we warn the public because this man is clearly a predator. Our inquiries have established he followed this young woman’s movements for sometime and was waiting for his moment to pounce, making him a dangerous man who needs to be locked up.

“I would urge anyone who was either out that night and saw this man driving the car in the CCTV stills to come forward, or from anyone who thinks they recognise this vehicle to call us.

“The victim has been extremely brave in reliving her ordeal so we can find her attacker, and with the public’s help we can find this man and put him away, giving the victim some peace of mind.

“When women become separated from their friends on a night out it can leave them in a vulnerable position so I would ask that when you are on a night out, please stick together wherever possible and only get into black cabs or pre-booked taxis.”

Anybody with any information should call Swinton CID on 0161 856 5360 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

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