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Police Hunt Burglar Who Raped Woman In Home
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, Greater Manchester, when she heard 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.
Police said the intruder demanded money and jewellery and threatened to rape her if she did not comply.
He then pushed her into the living room and raped her.
Police said the suspect then forced his victim to hand over property, including a small amount of cash, a necklace and a ring, before leaving.
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 the attack happened at about 4.35am on Monday, December 31.
"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 officer said.
"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.