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Man who dragged woman across road in 'terrifying ordeal' could be from Oldham

Police release CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to, who could live in Oldham, after a woman was dragged across a road in Manchester.

Officers launched an investigation after it was established that a 19-year-old was waiting at a bus stop when a man started a conversation with her.

As a bus approached, the man restrained her and said 'I've got a knife' before dragging her across the road. A passer-by in a vehicle stopped to assist the woman and the man then ran away.

The footage shows a man police are keen to trace, who was walking in the area before a woman was dragged across Oldham Road near the junction of Dean Lane just after midnight on Tuesday 7 September.

The man is described as being white, approximately 5ft 8in tall, of a slim build and in his 40s, with dark eyes and dark shoulder length hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a blue jumper.

During the conversation, the man suggested that he lived in the Chadderton area of Oldham and had spent the day working on roofs.

Police have previously issued an E-Fit of a man they want to identify in connection with it.

Detective Inspector Louise Edwards, of GMP's City of Manchester division, said: "The investigation team has been trawling CCTV, and have now identified a man they want to trace. 

"This was a terrifying ordeal for the woman involved, and we're doing everything we can to identify and locate this man.

"We're also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything, or been travelling along Oldham Road that night, especially if you may have dash cam footage." 

Anyone with information, or anyone who recognises the man, should contact police on 0161 856 1146 of 07/09/21 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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