12-year-old arrested on suspicion of trying to rape 8-year-old boy
A 12-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to rape an eight-year-old boy.
Police in Manchester were alerted to the incident, which took place in Gorton, sometime between 3.30pm and 9.20pm on the 26th of June.
Specially trained officers spoke to the younger boy and began an attempted rape investigation.
The 12-year-old boy was arrested and later released on bail, pending further investigations.
Detective Inspector Carol Hobson said: “I understand that this incident will cause a lot of anxiety and distress in the local community and there may well be lots of speculation about what happened.
“Although I cannot go into any details about what happened, I do want to stress this was not a random stranger attack and there is no reason for any parents living in this area to be fearful.
“We are continuing to offer support to the young boy and his family and we are working alongside a number of different partner agencies with regard to safeguarding measures and ensuring everyone involved has access to the appropriate help and advice.”
Greater Manchester Police are appealing for any witnesses or people with information to come forward.