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Police trace boy, 12, targeted for rape at Arndale Centre

Police investigating an attempted rape at toilets at the Arndale Centre in Manchester have traced the boy who had been targeted.

At about 4.50pm on Thursday night police received a report that a boy, aged around 12-years-old, had been approached. It was reported that the man had attempted to rape the boy.

A 68-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and remains in custody for questioning. The boy left the Arndale Centre before police arrived but has now been traced and is being spoken to by specially trained officers.

Reports of attempted rape in Manchester shopping centre.

Police are investigating following reports of an attempted rape in the toilets of a Manchester shopping centre.

On Thursday at about 4.50pm, police received a report that a boy, aged around 12-years-old, had been approached by a man in the toilets in the Arndale Centre. It was reported that the man had attempted to rape the boy.

A 68-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and is currently in police custody for questioning.

The boy left the Arndale Centre before police arrived and attempts are being made to trace him.

At this stage we do not have a clear picture of what happened as we have not been able to speak to the boy. We are urging him to come forward and speak to police in confidence so that we can find out what happened and get him any help and support he needs. “I want to reassure the public that this does appear to be an isolated incident but we are treating the report extremely seriously. We have already arrested a man but would urge the public to remain vigilant and if anyone knows anything about what happened or saw anything suspicious around 4.30pm please call police.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Tiffany, Serious Sexual Offences Unit, GMP

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