Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward after a woman was raped in Adlington.
The 27-year-old victim was attacked by an unknown man on London Road at around 11.15pm on Monday 4 June.
She managed to fend him off and he then fled the scene over a fence into a wooded area.
The offender is described as white with black hair and bushy eyebrows. He was around 5’ 3” tall and is believed to be in his mid to late 20s and was wearing dark clothing.
Cheshire Police have launched an investigation and are carrying out a number of enquiries in the local area.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious in the area around that time to get in touch.
They are also keen to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the offender and thinks they may know who he is.
Detective Inspector Sean Lonergan said: “The victim was is currently being supported by specially trained officers.
"Understandably people will be concerned about what has happened and we are doing everything we can to trace the offender.
“We are currently carrying out a number of enquiries in the area and I urge anyone who has any information about the incident or the identity of the man to come forward.”
Chief Inspector Laura Marler, who is in charge of policing in the Adlington area, said: “Incidents like this are rare. However, we would always urge people to follow basic safety advice when out and about – try to avoid going out alone at night, remain vigilant when you do have to go out alone, especially at night, maintain an awareness of your surroundings and try to stick to well-lit areas.
“Officers are patrolling the area providing reassurance to the local community and anyone with any issues or concerns is urged to speak to an officer.”
Anyone with any information that may help Cheshire Police with their investigation, no matter how small, should call 101, quoting incident number 84298, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
You can also contact the investigation team directly by using the public contact form on our website at www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you quote IML 84298, provide all the information about the incident that you have and give your contact details so that the team can get in touch with you.