A MAN armed with a knife dragged a woman into an alleyway and attempted to rape her in the early hours of this morning.

The woman in her 20s was hit on the head and dragged into a nearby alleyway between Linley Road and Manor Road in Sale, shortly before 1am.

A man threatened her with a knife and then forced her on to the ground, where he ripped her clothing and attempted to rape her.

She managed to escape from him and flee to safety, say police.  

The man is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall with facial stubble, wearing a dark chequered shirt and dark blue jeans.

Now police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jones of GMP’s Trafford borough, said: “I can’t imagine how distressing this must have been for the woman who was subject to this horrifying assault.

“She is now being looked after by specially trained officers, who are providing support at this difficult time.

“It’s key that we find the person responsible for this attack; if you were in the area and saw anyone acting suspiciously, or have information that could help our enquiries, get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7747 or 101, quoting incident number 257 of 02/03/18. Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.