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Man charged with attempted rape while holding a knife to the victim in Bolton Town Centre

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A man has been charged with attempted knifepoint rape in Bolton Town Centre, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.

Jonathan Kabala( 30/12/79), of Chadwick Street, Bolton, has been charged with attempted rape and possession of a bladed article.

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He has been remanded into custody and will appear at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court on Monday 5 October 2020.

Shortly before 7am on Friday 2 October 2020, police were called to reports of an attempted rape by a man with a knife. The incident happened on Churchgate in Bolton.

Police say the woman, aged in her 20s, was walking along Churchgate when she was approached from behind by a man with a knife who dragged her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her.

He was then disturbed by a passer-by and calmly walked away from the scene, leaving the knife behind at the scene of the alleged crime, the blade was recovered by police.

Officers said the woman wasn’t injured but was left understandably shaken by the incident and is being supported by specialist officers.

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