Seven men have been arrested following the "horrific" rape of a woman in South Manchester. 

Last Sunday, January 14, police were called to a concern for welfare of a woman on Fairholme Road in Withington.

She told officers that she had been raped in a nearby property. The woman, in her 30s, was taken to a sexual assault referral centre, and is being assisted by specially trained officers.

Police have now arrested seven men, aged between 22 and 35, on suspicion of rape. 

They have been released on bail pending further investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Johnston of Greater Manchester Police's City of Manchester South District said: “This incident of course, has shocked those in the local community and will undoubtedly cause concern to the public. Rest assured; we are doing everything we can to ensure those responsible are brought to justice as swiftly as possible.

"We commend the victim for her bravery in reporting this horrific incident, and our primary focus is to provide constant and tailored support to the victim and her loved ones at this difficult time, through the dedicated efforts of our investigative team.

"While incidents of this nature are rare, we remain committed to achieving justice for all victims of sexual violence. GMP will not tolerate sexual violence in our communities.

"We urge anyone who has experienced sexual violence or abuse, to please come forward and report it to us. Every report will be thoroughly investigated, and we will ensure that you and your loved ones are fully supported every step of the way as we seek justice."