A woman has been raped in Wigan, after she got into a car she believed to be a private hire car acting as a Taxi.
The victim, in her 30s, approached a pale blue or silver BMW on Market Street, in Hindley, Wigan . She was then driven to an unknown location in the Platt Bridge area of the town where she was raped.
Police are now hunting a man following the incident, which happened at around 12.10am on Monday May 2.
He is described as being Asian, in his 30s and of average build. He spoke in broken English and was wearing white clothing.
The incident which was not reported immediately, as in over 60% of similar cases, was reported to police a short time later. The woman is now being provided with support by specially trained officers.
Police are now warning people to make sure to use licensed taxis or pre book a private hire vehicle from a reputable firm.
Officers have launched an investigation and are appealing for any information about the incident.
Detective Constable Kevin Byrne, of Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division, urged any witnesses to come forward.
He said: “This is an awful incident which has understandably left the victim feeling very distressed and she is now being provided with support from specially trained officers at this difficult time.
“I know an incident such as this will understandably cause a lot of concern within the community but I want to assure everybody that we have launched a full investigation with a team of determined detectives working to identify the person responsible.
“We would also ask that members of the public to take a licensed taxi or if you prefer a minicab, book a car from a reputable minicab company".