/ Woman raped by intruder

Police are hunting a rapist who attacked a woman in her own home during a burglary.

The victim, who is in her 60s, was asleep at her home near Hyde town centre, at about 4.35am today, Monday 31 December 2012, when she was awoken by a noise coming from the kitchen.

She went to investigate and was confronted by a young man who was standing in the hallway between the living room and the kitchen.

He demanded money and jewellery and threatened to rape her if she didn’t comply. He then pushed her into the living room and raped her.

He then forced her to hand over property, including a small amount of cash, a necklace and a ring. He then left.

The offender is described as white, about 5ft 5in tall with dark eyebrows, a grey ‘hoodie’ with black panels and wearing a scarf covering the lower part of his face.

Detective Chief Inspector Jill Clarke, of the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “This investigation is at a very early stage, but from the initial account this appears to be an horrific attack on a woman in her own home.

“The victim is now being supported by specially trained officers and I want to reassure her and the wider community that we will not rest until we catch this criminal.

“We can only imagine what this poor woman has been through. Your own house is the one place you should always feel safe, but the sanctity of this victim’s home has now been doubly violated.

“I now want people in the area to tell us what they know. Did you hear or see anyone hanging around the Lodge Lane, Park Road or Hyde Park area in the early hours of this morning?”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Sexual Offences Unit on 0161 856 1741 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

- If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

- You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.

- St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester 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.

- Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.


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