A young man was robbed and raped in Manchester city center on 16 March.
The 21-year-old victim was walking home at around 3am when a man threatened him with a bottle, demanding his mobile phone and cash.
After giving away his valuables, in the busy area near London Road, Piccadilly, the man was then raped.
Manchester Police Detective Inspector Damian Simpson said the 21-year-old was left ‘devastated’ by this attack.
Simpson said: ‘The city was very busy at this time with revelers trying to get home, so I would urge anyone who may have seen this incident, or who may have seen anything suspicious to call us.
‘We have launched a thorough investigation into this incident and have made it a priority to find the man responsible for this attack.’
The attacker is described as being white, 5’7’’, in his mid-30s, and having a shaved head.
He was wearing a dark coat, dark jeans, dirty white trainers and spoke with a local accent.
The Manchester Village Business Association released a statement saying they were ‘shocked’ by the incident.
‘It is our understanding at this moment in time that the victim had not spent the entire night in the gay village and was not targeted because he was gay,’ they said.
Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide first-class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.