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Attacker 'throwing animal semen at teenage girls'

Manchester police are hunting a man who throws animal semen on schoolgirls.

Detectives in Bury said the assaults were "disgusting". The same man has been following unsuspecting teenage girls, with some of them later discovering that they had been smeared with animal semen.

Six incidents have been reported. The first was last November and the latest happened just last week.

Detective Inspector Lynne Vernon, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "We have six separate incidents and do not know the motivation behind them. While we do not want people to be frightened unnecessarily, we are taking these reports seriously.

"None of the victims was physically harmed in anyway but this is still a disgusting act and the person responsible must be caught. I'd ask people to take a good look at this image and if you know anything about this man, please contact us.

"He is not necessarily connected to all of the incidents but we would like to speak to him as part of our inquiries."

The first victim was a 14-year-old girl in Unsworth, Bury. At around 3.20pm on Friday November 13 last year, she was followed down a passageway by a man who asked her the time and who stood very close to her. When she arrived home she noticed a sticky liquid on the back of her tights, which was analysed by police and identified as animal semen.

Between 8.05am and 8.20am on Monday December 7, a 15-year-old schoolgirl was with her sister and was approached from behind by a man on Ostrich Lane, Prestwich. She felt a liquid on the back of her tights and the man walked off between her and her sister and away from the girls.

Also between 8.05am and 8.20am that day, another 15-year-old girl walked past a man who turned around and followed her on to St Mary's Road. Just after 4pm on Thursday December 17, a 14-year-old girl was in a shop on Mill Gate, Bury, with her mother when a man bumped into her and wiped a white substance on her bottom. At about 2pm the next day, a man followed two 13-year-old girls in Bury Old Road, near the M60 in Prestwich.

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