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Police hunting bottom groping man

CCTV image of the man
The attacks have mainly taken place early in the morning

Police are trying to identify a man who has indecently assaulted 19 women and young girls in Manchester city centre.

The man has targeted females aged between 13 and 43 in the Tib Street area in the city's Northern Quarter.

The incidents have mainly happened early in the morning, with the man approaching the women from behind and grabbing their bottom.

Greater Manchester Police has released CCTV footage of the man shortly before he assaulted a woman.

The incident happened in January in Oak Street.

'Remain vigilant'

Det Sgt Kay Dennison said: "This man has struck a number of times over the last 12 months and there is often a large gap between incidents.

"They have not increased in severity, however the man has put his victims in extremely uncomfortable situations.

"We have been able to get hold of CCTV of one of the incidents and I would appeal to anyone that may have witnessed any of the assaults or who knows who is responsible to contact police."

Police said that women using Tib Street and adjoining streets should "remain vigilant and avoid walking alone if at all possible".

The man has olive skin and has been described as looking Turkish or Greek. He is 5ft 6in to 5ft 10in tall, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, slim to medium build and clean shaven with short black hair.

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