Boy, 14, arrested after girl raped in ‘extremely distressing’ attack at lake

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a girl was raped at a popular beauty spot.

The girl was subjected to the horrifying attack at Hollingworth Lake, in Rochdale, at about 6.40pm yesterday (June 2), police say.

Officers attended the scene and arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of rape a short time later, Manchester Evening News reports.

Police say the teen remains in custody and they are not looking for anyone further in connection with the incident.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing PCs and forensics officers near the lake on Wednesday evening.

Detective Inspector Sam Taylor, from GMP's Rochdale district, said: "This was a shocking incident that was extremely distressing for the girl involved.

"Our thoughts are with her while she receives the specialist care and supports needed.

"At this moment, we are not looking for anyone further in connection with this incident, however, we will continue to be present in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.

"Anyone who may have seen anything or has any information is asked to get in touch to assist with our investigation."

Superintendent Mark Kenny, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This has been a fast-paced investigation and as a result of our enquiries we have now made an arrest.

"While people in the area will continue to see an increased police presence this evening and over the coming days, I would like to stress that we don’t consider there to be any wider threat to the public following this attack.

"At this stage of our investigations, we are not seeking anyone further in connection with this incident.

"However I’d like to encourage anyone with information to still get in touch if you have not done so already.

"I would also like to thank those members of the public who have already come forward with information.

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"Our thoughts remain with the girl and her family as she continues to receive specialist care."

Anyone with information can report it online quoting log number 2507 of 03/06/2021.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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