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'No Evidence' 90-Year-Old Woman Was Raped
Police have found no forensic evidence that a 90-year-old woman was raped in Rochdale.
Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday they were investigating after the woman claimed to have been dragged from a street and attacked in broad daylight.
She said that a man had approached from behind and put his hand over her mouth on Spotland Road as she was making her way to a butcher's shop.
But after the results of a fast-tracked overnight forensic examination were released, Superintendent Alistair Mallen said: "The lady in question stated she had been raped and she gave the same account when she was video interviewed.
"The results now show that there is no forensic evidence of a rape taking place.
However, we are continuing to investigate the full circumstances of what happened to her."
Specially-trained officers are continuing to work with the 90-year-old.
Greater Manchester Police said that it was important to state that a report was made in good faith, by an elderly, vulnerable lady and, as such, people would always expect them to investigate.
Supt Mallen said: "People may question why we took the decision to go public and, to that, I can say that we had a duty of care to both the complainant and to the wider public.
"When making these decisions we have to weigh up the need to inform the public with the need to reassure them that they are not in any danger."