On Saturday 11 July 2020, a report was made to police that a woman had been raped on Friday 10 July 2020 at around 7.30pm.
An investigation is in its early stages, but so far enquiries suggest that the victim – a 41-year-old woman – was raped in a wooded area, which is accessed by a footpath, near to the canal path.
It is believed the offender followed the victim for around 15 minutes as she walked along the canal path near to Morrisons supermarket in Failsworth.
The rape occurred on the canal on the border between Failsworth and North Manchester.
The woman is continuing to be supported by specially trained officers and support services.
A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.
Detective Sergeant Emma Hulston said: “We are continuing to actively investigate this incident and ensure all lines of enquiry are followed. Our team of detectives are absolutely dedicated to piecing together exactly what happened and ensuring the person responsible faces the full force of the law.
“We are really keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the victim or any potential offender who matches the description provided as a matter of urgency. I appreciate that people may hold information that they view as insignificant, but it is really important that any information is passed onto us so we can assess it. Even the tiniest detail could prove vital.
“If you have any information, please contact us by calling police on 0161 8563 639, quoting incident 3074 of 11/07/20.”
Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.