/Woman raped by group of men in Wythenshawe park

Woman raped by group of men in Wythenshawe park

A park in Wythenshawe has been taped off by police after a woman was raped by a group of men.

Officers were called to the ‘random and sickening attack’ in Kirkup Gardens just after 12.30am this morning (Tuesday).

A woman, aged in her 20s, was attacked at the park, police said.

No arrests have been made and an investigation has now been launched.

A police officer at Kirkup Gardens in Wythenshawe
(Image: STEVE ALLEN)

This morning, entrances into Kirkup Gardens, off Simonsway and Longhope Road, have been taped off by officers.

An area near the play area of the park has been cordoned off.

Pictures taken at the scene show a large police presence in the area.

Officers are standing guard next to gates into the park.

An area near the play area has been cordoned off
(Image: STEVE ALLEN)

Chief Inspector Cara Charlesworth, of GMP’s City of Manchester South Division, said: “A truly horrendous incident took place last night and we are supporting the victim at this awful time with our specialist officers.

“At this stage this appears to have been a random and sickening attack and our officers are working tirelessly to identify those responsible.

“In the meantime, we have increased our police presence in the area, and the public should feel reassured that if they have any concerns they can approach our officers directly.

“I appreciate it was the middle of the night and there won’t have been many witnesses to this attack, but if anyone has any information then I implore you to get in touch as every bit of detail at this stage has the potential to be crucial.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 8566063 quoting incident 73 of 20/04/2021. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We’ll bring you the latest details as we get them in the live blog below.

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