Police seek three men in connection with a rape investigation in Manchester Gay Village

Police are seeking three men over the attack near Canal Street in Manchester

Three men are being sought by police over a suspected rape in Manchester’s Gay Village.

Police are seeking the trio in connection with the incident that took place near Canal Street at around 1:30am on Wednesday, April 3.

Man ‘raped and robbed’ in attack.

The victim, a 28-year-old man, told police that he met with two men in the Canal Street area before walking towards Back Piccadilly, where he was then raped and robbed.

Police are seeking three men over the attack near Canal Street

Police are seeking three men over the attack near Canal Street (Public domain)

After the attack, it is believed the offenders met up with a further man, before all three travelled to London Victoria on a National Express Coach, arriving in London around 6am.

Greater Manchester Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to speak to in connection with the investigation, after “examining CCTV footage to establish the circumstances surrounding the offence”.

One of the men has a beard and is pictured wearing a yellow hooded top, while another is wearing a jacket over a white t-shirt. The third man is wearing dark clothing in the photo.

Police ‘following numerous lines of enquiry’ over Manchester Gay Village attack.

Detective constable Louise Kelly, of Greater Manchester Police’s City of Manchester division, said: “Since the attack, we’ve been following numerous lines of enquiry, but unfortunately we have yet to find the men responsible.

“We have now released images of three men we want to speak to.

“Anyone who recognises these men should get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“We urge people to pass on any information, no matter how small, so that we can progress this investigation further.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 4409 quoting reference 133 03/04/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.