BREAKING: Police arrest 14-year-old boy on suspicion of rape after teenage girl was attacked in broad daylight

BREAKING: Police arrest 14-year-old boy on suspicion of rape after teenage girl was attacked in broad daylight

Detectives investigating the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Leigh have made an arrest.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in custody for questioning.

Police have increased patrols in the area and say they are not looking for anyone else in connect with the attack.

Shocked neighbours and community leaders have spoken out following the rape of a 14-year-old girl on land to the south of Westleigh Park, off WestLeigh Lane, between 4pm and 5.30pm on Thursday, April 22.

Neighbours who live near the park say they saw police arrive on nearby Isherwood Street on Friday and spotted officers blocking off a bridge on the far side of the park, where a path leads towards Manley Close.

Coun Debra Wailes, whose Atherleigh ward includes the park, said she had been ‘shocked’ by news of the attack.

“I just think it’s a horrendous act,” she said.

The park entrance

“It’s so tragic, we need to make sure our young people are safe. We have had an emphasis on the fact women should be able to walk safely so this is just so horrible.

“It’s so tragic, it’s horrendous that this could happen and my heart goes out to the girl’s family.”

Following the arrest, Superintendent Mark Kenny of GMP’s Wigan division 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.

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“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.

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

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7251 quoting incident 1033 of 23/04/21. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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