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The rape of a 90-year-old woman in Rochdale, north England, on Wednesday has sparked off a wave of revulsion as the Greater Manchester Police appealed for information from the public.
The unnamed woman was reportedly dragged off the street as she walked to her local shop in Rochdale and raped. She felt a hand over her mouth before she was hauled backwards and lost consciousness. No arrests have been made so far.
Police superintendent Alistair Mallen said: "The lady in question stated she had been raped and she gave the same account when she was video interviewed… I am sure the entire community will share our revulsion at this”.
Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, said there was "a real sense of shock and horror", and added: "Local people are struggling to comprehend how anyone could do this. Our heart goes out to this poor woman. She must have gone through hell”.
Rochdale has a large minority of Pakistan origin.