Teenager arrested in connection with sexual assault in Wythenshawe is released on police bail

A 19-year-old arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault in Wythenshawe has been released by police.

Police released the teenager on bail while they continue to investigate reports of a sexual assault on a 17-year-old girl shortly after 11.20pm on Wednesday 24 October 2013 on Wythenshawe Road.

Police say they are not linking the reported attack with other incidents of sexual assault and rape in the Wythenshawe area.

Superintendent Sarah Jones said: “We are still at the early stages of this enquiry and we will do all we can to get to the bottom of what happened here.

“Clearly, however, an incident of this nature will cause increased concern, particularly at this time when we are continuing with a further rape investigation, and the ongoing investigation into a series of sexual assaults which have happened over a period of time in Newall Green.

“We would like to ask the community of Wythenshawe to remain calm whilst officers continue with the painstaking investigations which such serious offences require.

“Speculation connecting these incidents is not helpful and I would ask the community to think carefully before they raise concerns in respect of incidents which are entirely unconnected, not of a sexual nature and form part of the normal day to day policing of Wythenshawe.

“We would always ask members of the community to consider their own safety when out and about, particularly at night. However, we are not requesting anybody take any specific special measures to protect themselves as we believe common sense personal safety precautions are sufficient.

“We have more officers on patrol and will continue to have an increased presence in the area in order to reassure the community.

“If anyone has any genuine information, they should call us, and we will keep the community informed.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4882 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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