Girl, 12, raped in Manchester park

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Police discovered victim of sex attack in Crowcroft park in Levenshulme in south-east of the city late on Thursday night

Frances Perraudin North of England reporter

A 12-year-old girl has been raped in a park in south Manchester, police have reported.

Greater Manchester police were called to Crowcroft park in the Levenshulme area in the south-east of the city, shortly before 11.30pm on Thursday. On arrival, officers discovered a young girl who had been subjected to a serious sex attack.

The area has been cordoned off and detectives remained at the scene on Friday morning. Forensic tents were placed in the park and officers were searching the area for evidence. The park, off Stockport Road, borders a primary school and a cricket ground.

A small team of crime scene investigators arrived at the park at around 11.30am on Friday. Officers were still speaking to the victim on Friday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester police said they had initially been called to the park following reports of concern for a teenage girl. “On arrival, officers discovered that a 12-year-old girl had been raped,” she said. “Police are currently at the scene carrying out inquiries. Anyone with any information about the incident should call police on 101, quoting incident number 2260 of 1 September.”

Luthfur Rahman, a Labour councillor in the area, said the first he had heard of the attack was on the news and that the park was usually safe. “It’s a very busy park and a very well used park, next to a school, and there are quite a lot of people there all the time,” he said.

The park has a children’s playground and a multi-use games area which is shared by the neighbouring Crowcroft Park primary school. Rahman said the park was often used by families. “It’s a really good, safe park and we’ve not had any serious issues before now.”

However residents of East Road, with houses that overlook the park, said they tended to avoid walking through it. Petr Crhak, working at a plumbing and heating supplier facing the park’s entrance, said he had known a lot of crime to go on in the park in the two years he’d been living in the area. “I wouldn’t walk through there late at night,” he said.

A passerby, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had always lived in the surrounding area. “The area used to be posh, but as you can see it’s gone to seed,” he said. “I used to walk through the park when I was a little boy, but I wouldn’t dream of it now.”

 

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