Police are appealing for information to find two men after a 36-year-old male was raped in a park in Greater Manchester. Police say the 36-year-old male victim was held down by one of the suspects while the other sexually assaulted in Broadfield Park, Rochdale, at around 6:30pm on 2 November.
The victim was approached by the two men as he sat on a park bench on Sparrow Hill. It is believed the assault only stopped after two-passers-by shouted at the suspects, who then ran off towards Broadfield Hotel.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) wish to speak to the man and woman who are believed to have seen the attack, as well as anyone else in the park at the time.
The first suspect is described as Asian, of large build, in his late 20s or early 30s, with black hair, and a goatee beard. He was wearing dark clothing and footwear that was red at the heel and around the sole, white towards the front around the sole, and navy blue across the top and front.
The second suspect is described as Asian, in his late 20s or early 30s, clean shaven, and of large build. He was wearing a grey hoodie with Nike written across the chest, grey jogging pants, possibly with a tick logo near the left hip, and white boxer shorts with small, sporadic red checks.
Detective Inspector Damian Simpson, of GMP's Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: "This was a ruthless attack which terrified the victim and caused him lasting emotional distress.
"I am appealing to the two witnesses who disrupted the offenders to please get in touch. Your actions are likely to have saved the victim from suffering even further at the hands of his attackers and your co-operation could be of significant value to our investigation.
"In addition, I would ask that anyone else who was in the park at that time, or anyone who recognises the description of either offender, to please contact us."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or 0161 856 1911 and quote the reference number 2422 01/11/16. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.