Man robbed and raped in Manchester city centre

Publish Date: 19/03/2013

The incident happened on Spear Street near London Road, Piccadilly at about 3am on Saturday 16 March 2013.

The 21-year-old man was walking home when the offender threatened him with a bottle, demanding his mobile phone and cash, which the victim handed over.

The man was then raped by the offender, who is described as being white, 5ft 7in tall, in his mid 30s and with a shaved head. He was wearing a dark coat, dark jeans and dirty white trainers. He spoke with a local accent.

Detective Inspector Damian Simpson said: "This young man has been left devastated by this attack.

"The city was very busy at this time with revellers trying to get home, so I would urge anyone who may have seen this incident, or who may have seen anything suspicious to call us.

"We have launched a thorough investigation into this incident and have made it a priority to find the man responsible for this attack.

 "We have an excellent relationship with the community of Manchester's Gay Village and will harness these links to help us investigate this crime and offer reassurance on the ground."

Appeal for witnesses.

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

Support Services

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police

Survivors UK is a national helpline for male survivors of rape and sexual abuse.Helpline:0845 122 1201. 

Survivors Manchester is a survivor led/run voluntary organisation supporting male survivors of sexual abuse and rape.Tel:07919 246 267. 

LGF Counselling Services

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation provides a counselling service to the LGBT community of the North West .To find out more  please click: here 

Or call LGF Helpline (10am-10pm) 0845 3 30 30 30

Community Safety

Make sure you stay safe when you are out and about by following our top tips.

Drinking -  Know your limits, Trust your instincts, Pace yourself, Don’t leave your drinks unattended, Don’t leave a drunk friend alone

Safety in Numbers - Stick with your mates, Don’t wander off with strangers, Plan your journey home before you go out,Take a fully charged mobile with you (with credit) and make sure your mates numbers are stored.

Strangers - Don’t get into a car with a stranger, Don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to,Keep clear of volatile situations, If someone offers to buy you a drink go to the bar with them and watch it being poured.

Keep hold of your valuables - Be aware of who is around you,Only carry the cash you’ll need for the night,Keep your mobile and your wallet out of sight, Don’t leave your bag unattended.

In an emergency call 999 from a safe place as soon as possible. If the problem is less urgent call 101

Information for gay and bisexual men who have been affected by sexual violence - If you’ve been the victim of rape or sexual assault and are looking for support, then visiting this section of our website can help you to navigate services who can provide support.