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Teenager arrested over attempted rape of girl, 8, in park

The girl was attacked in Nuthurst Park in Moston. Credit: Google Earth

A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in a park.

Greater Manchester Police were called to Nuthurst Park in Moston, Manchester, just before 6.55pm on Saturday after reports the girl had been raped and the offender had been chased off by members of the public.

A boy, believed to be aged 14 or 15, was arrested in a nearby shop on suspicion of attempted rape and is being held for questioning.

The victim is being provided with support from specially trained officers.

Inspector Dave Whelan said: "I know this incident has understandably caused a lot of unrest in the local community, particularly among those who were in the nearby area at the time but I want to assure everybody that we have launched a full investigation.

"We treat all reports like this with the utmost seriousness and as such officers swiftly attended the scene and arrested a teenage boy within 16 minutes of the initial call coming in."

He added thanked members of the public who gave police information and said there would be increased patrols in the area.

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, or anonymously call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.