Girl, 9, fights off three masked men as she’s attacked near playground

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A nine-year-old girl had to fight off three men after they attacked her in a park, with police now hunting the suspects.

Greater Manchester Police officers have stepped up patrols in the Blackley area after the incident near a children's playground on Thursday, July 1.

The girl was able to fend off her attackers – who were wearing masks – run away and raise the alarm about the disturbing incident.

She had been playing in a field at around 9:40pm when the attack took place, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The culprits remain at large, and police are stepping up patrols in the area in an effort to trace them.

An investigation has also been launched into the incident after the alarm was raised.

An update issued by Greater Manchester Police today said that the incident is “not believed to be sexually motivated or an attempted abduction and is being treated as an assault at this time.”

At present, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident, though detectives are doing "all they can" to trace the attackers.

The three men were described as two being white, and one mixed race, and all of them were wearing dark clothing and face coverings.

Detective Inspector Louise Edwards, from GMP's City of Manchester division, said yesterday: "This is a concerning incident and thankfully the child was able to run away from the men.

"I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to find these men and have increased patrols in the area whilst we investigate.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident or seen any men in the area matching these descriptions.

"Anyone with information should contact North Manchester CID on 0161 856 1146 quoting incident number 3201 of 01/07/21.

"Information can also be reported online or by using the LiveChat function .

"Alternatively, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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