Man arrested after teen raped in Orrell

A man has been arrested after a teenage girl was raped in Orrell.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 12:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th October 2018, 2:08 pm
Police arrest

Following a police appeal for information, a man aged 33 contacted officers and was arrested on suspicion of rape.

He has since been interviewed and released under investigation.

Police are continuing to appeal for information on the attack.

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The victim was sitting on a large rock, part way along an overgrown pathway that accesses allotments in Orrell Park, off Moor Road, at around 6pm on Saturday June 30, when a man approached her.

He stopped with his back to her before turning and sitting next to her on a blue crate.

He then indecently exposed himself before raping her.

Since the incident, police have conducted numerous lines of enquiry, including forensic analysis and examination of CCTV footage.

Detective Inspector Matthew Moore from GMP’s Wigan Division said: “As part of this investigation we have brought one person into custody, but our investigation does not stop here.

“We understand the concern that an incident like this causes and we have a team of detectives who have been working on this case since June.

“There are many sensitivities surrounding this investigation and extensive work has been conducted behind the scenes to trace the offender, whilst – most importantly – supporting the victim.

“The victim has bravely shared what happened to her with police. We would urge anyone who has information on this crime to do the same.”

Police can be contacted on 0161 856 5307. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.