A MAN has been bailed in connection with a rape investigation at Failsworth.

The 41-year-old woman was allegedly raped in a wooded area near to the canal at around 7.30pm, on Friday, July 10. It was reported to police the following day.

It is believed the offender followed the victim for around 15 minutes as she walked along the canal path near to Morrisons supermarket.

Police say the woman is continuing to be supported by specially trained officers and support services.

A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Emma Hulston said: “We are continuing to actively investigate this incident and ensure all lines of enquiry are followed. Our team of detectives are absolutely dedicated to piecing together exactly what happened and ensuring the person responsible faces the full force of the law.

“We are really keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the victim or any potential offender who matches the description provided as a matter of urgency. I appreciate that people may hold information that they view as insignificant, but it is really important that any information is passed onto us so we can assess it. Even the tiniest detail could prove vital.

“If you have any information, please contact us by calling police on 0161 8563 639, quoting incident 3074 of 11/07/20.”

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.