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Heywood Sex Assault: Girl, 12, Attacked In Alley
A 12-year-old girl has been attacked and sexually assaulted while walking in an alleyway in Lancashire.
The youngster was walking through the narrow passageway at about 8.15pm on Friday when a man approached her and carried out his assault, Lancashire Police said.
She was walking along the alley, known locally as a ginnel, between Links Road and Newhouse Road, in Heywood.
After the man attacked her, he walked into Links Road, and on towards Hopwood Avenue, before disappearing.
Police said the girl was upset by what had happened and have appealed for help in tracking the man down.
He was described as white, in his early 20s, of skinny build, 5ft 7in to 5ft 11in tall, with short brown hair and big eyebrows.
The girl told officers he was wearing dark trousers and a grey hooded top and carrying a plastic rucksack-type bag.
Detective Constable Nick Price from Greater Manchester Police's Middleton Police Station said: "From what we have been told, we believe the offender was stood at the entrance of the ginnel at around 8am before he has walked inside, when he has seen the girl walk towards him.
"I would ask anyone who may have seen a man fitting this description, hanging around the ginnel and acting in a suspicious manner to contact us.
"A woman was seen walking her dog out of the ginnel onto Links Road, passing the offender prior to the incident so I would directly appeal to her to come forward and speak with us."