A PLEA for witnesses has been issued after a woman jogger was accosted by a man in Oldham while out for a morning run.

Detectives say the victim, a woman in her 30s, was attacked as she ran through Glodwick yesterday, at around 10am.

She saw a suspicious man, according to police, and turned and ran back down a ginnel on Eldon Street.

But she was grabbed from behind by the man, who tried to pull her to the floor, say detectives.

Police were then told there was a frantic struggle, during which the woman screamed and the man let go and ran off in the direction he came from.

While officers have confirmed the woman wasn’t injured they say she was "understandably shaken" by the incident.

The offender is described as a south Asian man, aged between 18 and 20, around 5ft 11ins tall with black hair.

He was wearing black top down to his knees, loose black trousers and a black waterproof jacket down to his waist.

Police say no arrests have been made and officers are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Det Sgt Richard Arthern, of GMP’s Oldham division, said: “This woman endured a frightening ordeal and we are doing all we can to ensure that whoever committed this offence is caught and brought to justice.

“Our investigation is still in its early stages but I can assure the public that we are exploring every avenue of enquiry to identify this offender and get him off the streets.

“There will an increased police presence in the area at this time and anyone with information or concerns should speak to them with confidence.

“We believe there were a number of people on the nearby Kinds Road who may have seen the moments before this incident and I ask anyone who may have been in the area at the time to get in touch with us as it could significantly aid our investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact 0161 856 8915 quoting incident number 1055 of September 12. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.