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Woman raped in attack behind pub

An 18-year-old woman has been raped behind a pub in Bolton town centre.

The attacker was scared off by a man who went to the victim's aid and helped her to get home following the attack in the early hours of Saturday.

Police said the woman was raped behind the Alma Inn, in an alleyway off Bradshawgate.

Det Insp Andy Cunliffe appealed for witnesses to come forward, adding that the traumatised victim was being treated by specially trained officers.

"These kind of incidents, in such a busy area, are very rare, however I would like to reinforce personal safety advice for women in the area, not to walk alone during the hours of darkness and to contact police if they feel threatened at any time."

The offender is described as a white man in his 30's, about 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build, with short brown hair.

He was wearing a dark coloured jacket with the lapels turned up towards his face.

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