Members of the public stepped in to help when a man tried to drag a woman behind a building in Rochdale.

Police said the 'extremely distressing incident' happened on John Street just before 2.30am yesterday (October 27).

Members of the public detained a man who they thought was trying to kidnap a woman.

The stranger had tried to drag the woman behind a building, police said.

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A man, aged 41, was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and sexual assault.

He remains in custody for questioning and enquiries are ongoing.

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Detective Inspector Nicola Hopkinson from GMP's Rochdale District said the incident was 'extremely distressing', not just for the woman involved but also for the local community.

She said patrols will be stepped up in the local area.

"Firstly, I want to thank the members of the public that stepped in when they saw the woman in distress, and alerted police. It's important we look out for one another in our communities", Det Insp Hopkinson said.

"This is an extremely distressing incident, not only for the woman involved, but for the community.

"While we aren't looking for anyone else in connection with this, there will be additional police patrols in the area.

"We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously. Our job as police officers, is to keep the public safe.

"We want all members of our community, especially women and girls, to feel they are not at risk of harm when simply walking the streets of Greater Manchester and going about their daily lives.

"If you see or hear something that doesn't seem quite right, please get in touch with police. You can do so either via LiveChat on our website, www.gmp.police.uk or you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Thank you."

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