Police launch hunt for man who grabbed jogger and pushed her in canal

Police launch hunt for man who grabbed female jogger, 42, and pushed her into a canal in ‘terrifying assault’

  • Woman, 42, was grabbed by a man as she went out jogging on a footpath 
  • She tried to get away but was pushed into the canal while the man ran off 
  • The man ran off after the assault which happened on the Rochdale Canal 
  • A woman was grabbed by a man and pushed into a canal as she was going on a jog.

    The 42-year-old was running on the footpath of the Rochdale Canal at about 5.30pm at night when she was grabbed by a man.

    She tried to get away but was pushed into the canal while the man ran off after the attack on Tuesday night.

    The incident happened near a bridge overpass on the outskirts of the town. 

    The 42-year-old was running on the footpath of the Rochdale Canal at about 5.30pm at night when she was grabbed by a man. A stock image is used above [File photo]

    The 42-year-old was running on the footpath of the Rochdale Canal at about 5.30pm at night when she was grabbed by a man. A stock image is used above [File photo]

    The man is described as white, is his 20s, around 5ft 9ins tall and has scruffy, wavy hair.

    Detective Constable Chris Davies, of GMP’s Rochdale district, said: ‘This was a terrifying experience for the woman, who was left feeling violated and scared.

    ‘We will absolutely not tolerate this behaviour in Greater Manchester and are following all available lines of enquiry to locate the offender as soon as possible.

    ‘Extra patrols will be present in the area whilst enquiries are ongoing. If you have any concerns or questions please feel to speak to our officers.’

    She tried to get away and pushed into the canal (above) while the suspect ran off after the attack on Tuesday night

    She tried to get away and pushed into the canal (above) while the suspect ran off after the attack on Tuesday night

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