An appeal has gone out for witnesses after an 11-year-old girl told police she was raped in an alley in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
The girl told police she was walking home along Lincoln Street in Werneth at about 1900 GMT on 2 March when a man dragged her into an alleyway.
He then raped her before running away down the alleyway, off Sidmouth Street.
Detectives urged parents and children to be extra cautious while they investigate the allegations.
The attacker is described as a large Asian man who was wearing blue jeans, boots and a navy padded jacket.
He was also said to smell strongly of cigarettes.
Detective Inspector Stephen Hassall from Oldham CID said: "The victim and her family are understandably traumatised and we will continue to give them all the support we can."
They are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.