TWO ten-year-old girls were sexually assaulted as they fished for tadpoles in Haughton Green. The youngsters were in woods off Byron Road at around 4.15pm on Wednesday 29th August when they were approached by a man who suggested they try another pond where they would find more tadpoles. When they reached the other pond, he threatened and sexually assaulted them. The girls managed to run away from the man and told their parents what had happened. They were taken to hospital for treatment as they had run through nettles to get away. Police are appealing for information about the incident, in particular from a couple who were pushing a pram in the area at the time. They approached an officer shortly afterwards and gave details of what they had seen but police have been unable to make further contact. Detective Chief Inspector Hughie Hardiman, of Tameside CID, said: "This is a worrying incident which has left two young, innocent girls very upset and scared. “I would appeal to anybody who saw a man hanging around this area or who recognise the description of him to contact us and, in particular, I would urge the couple pushing a pram who spoke to an officer close to the scene to contact us as they may have vital information which could really help this investigation." The man is described as white, around 35 years old and overweight. He had short brown spiky hair that was gelled down, brown eyes and he spoke with a Manchester accent. He wore a white short-sleeved polo shirt, a blue or brown golfing jumper with diamond shapes on the front and back and blue jeans with a brown stripey belt. He also had black trainers with a silver tick on the sides and framed sunglasses on the top of his head.
Anyone with information is urged to call Tameside CID on 0161 8569254 or Crimestoppers, free and in confidence, on 0800 555111.