Police are appealing for information following a male rape near Manchester’s gay village.

The 30-year-old victim got into a car on Bloom Street some time after 2am on Wednesday January 13th.

He was taken to Echo Street by the driver, where three other men got in the car. The victim was then raped.

Police were called to Piccadilly train station, which is nearby, at 3.40am.

The men are all described as Asian and aged between 30 and 40 years old.

The victim is due to be video interviewed by specially trained officers later today.

Detective Sergeant Alex Nicholson, of Grey Mare Lane CID, appealed for information but emphasised that such events were “very rare”.

He said: “Despite the awful circumstances surrounding this incident the victim has been able to give us a good account of what happened and we are following some excellent lines of inquiry.

“I want to reassure those who live or socialise in the city centre that these are exceptional circumstances and crimes of this nature are very rare.

“If anyone has any information that they think could assist this investigation I would urge them to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Grey Mare Lane CID on 0161 856 3240, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.