These crimes shocked everybody, not least the five women who were traumatised as a result of being sexually assaulted by this young boy.
For such a young boy to have committed such appalling attacks is both disturbing and unusual.
What is important is that we thank all those members of the public who came forward this weekend after we released an appeal for information. As a direct result, other women who were assaulted by this boy came forward and we were able to present such overwhelming evidence to the courts that the young boy had no choice but to admit his guilt.
More than anything, I am pleased for the women whom this boy sexually assaulted that they have been able to see justice carried out so quickly, and again I would thank members of the public for their support.
A 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to a series of sex assaults against women in Manchester.
The boy has been charged with five sex assaults against five separate women in an area close to the University of Manchester.
The attacks happened between the 21st of September and the 5th of October.
The teenager has been granted bail until the 2nd of December during which time he must live and sleep at his parents home, is not allowed out between the hours of 6pm at night and 6am in the morning and must not enter the university campus area.
Greater Manchester Police are "extremely grateful to the public" after an appeal for information regarding a number of sexual assaults led to arrests.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said:
I am extremely grateful to the public for all the calls we received this weekend after putting an appeal out for information in connection with these incidents.
Anyone who has been a victim of a sexual assault or any other kind of sexual crime, can call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.
An 18-year-old man who was arrested in connection with these incidents has been bailed pending further enquiries.