Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a man in connection with an attempted rape in Castleton

Date published: 09 January 2020

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a wanted man from Middleton.

Stephen David Hastie, 32, is wanted in connection with an attempted rape that is believed to have occurred on the Rochdale canal towpath at around 6.20pm on Monday 6 January 2020.

A woman in her 50s was assaulted by a man armed with a knife whilst walking her dog along Rochdale canal by Blue Pits Mill.

Enquiries have since established that the man is believed to have attempted to rape the woman.

The man was initially detained by a group of men that were walking nearby but he managed to flee.

The woman suffered minor injuries and is continuing to be supported by officers.

Anyone with any information about Hastie’s whereabouts should contact police immediately on 0161 856 8635 or 101 quoting incident number 2372 of 06/01/2020.

Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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