A WOMAN of 73 was followed home and sexually assaulted by a man.

She was walking along the canal towpath off Ashton Old Road, Openshaw at 5pm on June 4.

A man approached her and started talking to her. He walked along with her and sexually assaulted her in her home.

Detective Inspector Trish Owen said: “The victim was put through a terrible ordeal and this man must be caught.

“While incidents like this are rare, we ask people to be vigilant and walk in groups where possible.

“The man befriended the victim at a busy time of day so it is likely that people passed or saw them as they walked.”

The man is described as Asian, slim with short, dark hair.

Call police on 856 3240 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.