Man posing as taxi driver dragged woman into bushes in attempted sexual assault

The attempted sexual assault happened at Platt Fields Park on Wilmslow Road, Manchester, police said. (Google Maps)

Police are looking for a man who posed as a taxi driver before following a woman and dragging her into the bushes in an attempted sexual assault.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to report the attempted sexual assault just before 11.15pm on Saturday night (May 21).

The woman was allegedly approached by a man posing as a taxi driver before pulling her into bushes in Platt Fields Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester.

She managed to alert passers-by, telling them that the man had tried to attack her, but he fled.

Greater Manchester Police said inquiries were underway to locate the perpetrator.

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Police said an investigation was underway to locate the man. (Stock image: Getty)

Police said officers wanted to speak to an Asian male, in his 30s, with short, dark hair and a short, dark beard wearing a black coat.

The incident happened the same weekend as a music festival, the Flashback Festival, was held in Platt Fields Park.

Chief Detective Inspector Anthony Norman, of the Manchester City Division of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We are aware that this will no doubt raise concerns in the community and those who attended the musical event nearby, but I would like to reassure them that we have a number of officers investigating and there are increasing patrols in the area.

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“This was a horrific attack on a woman who fortunately managed to raise the alarm but has been extremely shaken and is receiving the support she needs.

“No woman should suffer such an incident and all women should feel safe, which is why violence against women and girls is one of GMP’s top priorities.

“A team of detectives are currently pursuing all immediate lines of inquiry and we are now appealing to the public to provide any information that may help us. We want to bring the man responsible to justice and we can do that by hearing from anyone who may ‘have information.’