Teenage girl raped and another assaulted when she tried to intervene, police say as boy, 18, arrested
A TEEN has been arrested after a girl was allegedly raped and another attacked as she tried to intervene.
Cops took the suspect, 18, into custody after the reported ordeal – described as a “terrifying assault on two young females” by police – unfolded in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, on Saturday night.
Officers were called to reports of a disturbance near Mottram Road, Hyde in Tameside at about 9.10pm.
A girl in her late-teens had been sexually assaulted while an 18-year-old woman who tried to help her was physically assaulted by the same man.
Greater Manchester Police say both are receiving specialist care and support as the investigation continues.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault.
He remains in custody for questioning.
It is being treated isolated incident by officers – however additional police patrols will be in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.
Detective Sergeant Alison Haxby, of GMP’s Tameside district, said: “This was a terrifying assault on two young females and I commend the bravery of the 18-year-old woman who was able to intervene and raise the alarm.
“Thankfully neither victim sustained serious injuries but both have been left incredibly shaken.
“Our thoughts are with them as they receive the care and support they need.
“We currently have one male in custody for questioning but I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area around the time and witnessed either assault to come forward and assist police with our enquiries.
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“Any information, no matter how small, could be of great assistance to our investigation.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5887 quoting incident 2818 of 01/05/21.
Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.