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17-year-old boy arrested after 'horrific' park attack

Police are at Victoria park in Leicestershire. Credit: ITV News Central

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an attack on a woman that left her with "horrific" life-threatening injuries.

The woman, in her 20s is believed to have been attacked on Monday in Victoria Park in Leicester, and remains in a critical condition.

The teenager was held on Tuesday evening and taken into custody for questioning by detectives.

Leicestershire Police have renewed their appeal for information.

This was an horrific assault and has left a young woman in an extremely serious condition in hospital.

We still need to trace anyone who may have been in the area of Victoria Park late last night or in the early hours of today and who may have seen something which can help us with our enquiries.

I need to speak to anyone who was in the park between 11.30pm yesterday and 12.40am today.

You may not think what you saw is significant, but we still want to speak to you.

– Detective Chief Inspector Rob Widdowson

The park was sealed off by forensics officers on Tuesday as they searched the area where the woman was dragged into bushes.

Detective Superintendent Neil Castle said the woman had been walking alone across a well-lit section of the park.

Officers said the woman was attacked with such ferocity that her assailant would have been heavily bloodstained.

The woman was found near recycling bins around an hour later.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101.