Crime and criminal justice news from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A man has been charged in connection with four separate incidents where women were sexually assaulted or raped in Greater Manchester.
Adam Downworth (born 15/12/81) of Lenham Towers, Stockport, has been charged with attempted rape, four counts of sexual assault, sexual assault, two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.
He is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates Court on 15 January 2013.
In the early hours of Sunday 1 July 2012, a 27-year-old woman was raped and assaulted near to Debdale Park in Gorton. She suffered serious facial injuries.
At 1.50am on Saturday 12 May 2012, police were called to Tan Yard Brow in Gorton. A 22-year-old woman had been subjected to a sexual and physical assault and had her mobile phone stolen as she walked home alone. The woman suffered injuries including a fractured cheekbone.
At 1.25am on Sunday 1 April 2012, police were called to Borrowdale Road in Stockport, after a 26-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and had her bag stolen by a man as she walked home alone.
At 2.50am on Saturday 3 December 2011, police were called to Alexandra Park in Edgeley, Stockport after a 28-year-old woman was sexually and physically assaulted by a man as she walked home alone.
Downworth was previously charged on 19 September 2012 in connection with the rape of a woman in Bredbury.
He appeared at Stockport Magistrates Court on Wednesday 19 September 2012 and was remanded into custody.
Shortly after 1.15am on Sunday 16 September 2012, police were called to George Lane at the junction of Old Bank Close. A 48-year-old woman had been raped and assaulted.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police in GMPs Sexual Crime Unit on 0161 856 5088/7146. Alternatively, you can pass on information anonymously to police by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault is urged to call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Marys Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515. St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service 24/7 to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault
101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.
Find out more information about 101 by following this link.
This website follows the press complaints code of practice. Should you be dissatisfied with any content in regards to inaccuracy or intrusion then please contact the editor or contact the PCC directly.
This is an archived version of Crime and Justice. Visit the Facebook page for latest news.
Media enquiries should be made via UK News Media.