Gang of attackers hiding faces with Scream masks sexually abuse woman on Halloween

The incident happened on Sunningdale Road in Denton, Greater Manchester

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A woman was sexually assaulted on Halloween by a group of teenagers wearing Scream-style masks in a "harrowing" street attack, police said today.

The 22-year-old was approached by four boys wearing black and white masks before she was attacked in the Haughton Green area of Denton, Greater Manchester.

The distressed woman described one of the attackers as being "chubby" and in his early teens and another as tall and wearing white trainers.

Greater Manchester Police said the woman was walking along Sunningdale Road around 7pm on Friday night when she was followed down the street and attacked by the four who were all wearing dark clothing.

The woman fought the attackers off and called for help, police have said.

Superintendent Neil Evans said: "Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault will know just how frightening it must have been for this victim, and given the offenders were wearing masks designed to be scary means it must have been a truly harrowing and scary few minutes for this woman."

He added: "The purpose of this appeal is not to unduly alarm the community but it is important we let people know what has happened so they can both be vigilant and help us track down these cowardly offenders.

"If you know of anyone who might be involved, then please call us.

"If you are a parent and you know your child went out with friends dressed in these type of masks and you have suspicions then, please, do the right thing and call us.

"This woman has suffered a terrible ordeal and we need, for her sake and the wider community, to catch the culprits."

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the assault to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.