A boy aged just 12 may be responsible for a string of sex attacks around a university campus, police said.
Greater Manchester Police are linking the assaults which have taken place in the last month near The University of Manchester and have released an evofit image of the young offender which they said made the incidents “even more shocking”.
The first two attacks took place within 15 minutes of each other on Saturday September 21.
A 27-year-old was approached from behind and grabbed in Lloyd Street North at 6.15pm before she screamed and the offender ran off.
The next incident followed in Oxford Road when a 21-year-old woman was approached by a boy who made lewd comments as she left John Rylands library.
She carried on walking on Moss Lane East and was sexually assaulted by her assailant who was described as a young Asian boy aged 12 who wore green jeans and glasses.
The third attack took place at the Manchester Science Park in Lloyd Street South at about 2.15pm on Saturday October 5.
A 32-year-old woman was approached by two young boys and sexually assaulted by one of them described as being Asian, 12 to 13 years old, of slim build, with a small frame who wore baggy trousers and carried a rucksack on his back.
She pushed the boy away but he approached her again and sexually assaulted her for a second time before running off towards Pencroft Way in company with the second child, also described as a young Asian boy.
Detective Constable Pam Collins from Longsight Police Station said: “After speaking to the women, we have managed to complete an evofit of the offender. As you can see from the image he looks fairly young which makes these assaults even more shocking.
“After each woman has told the offender to go away he has followed this up with violent threats so we are keen to find this individual as soon as possible.
“I would ask anyone who either recognises the image, witnessed any of the assaults or may have fallen victim to this person to call us.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 4223 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.