Man arrested in connection with rape in Ashton-under-Lyne

A man has been arrested in connection with a rape in Ashton.

Shortly after 10pm on Tuesday, November 6 police were called to reports that a teenager had been raped in a wooded area near Cavendish Street.

An investigation was subsequently launched and earlier today (Wednesday, November 7), officers from GMP’s Ashton CID office arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of rape.

He remains in custody for questioning.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, is continuing to receive support from specially trained officers.

Det Sgt Joe Harrop, of GMP’s Tameside Borough, said: “We have been carrying out numerous lines of enquiry since the initial report was made last night and we now have an 18-year-old in custody arrested on suspicion of rape.

“I want to stress that our investigation remains in the early stages and continue to urge anybody with information to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9353 or 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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