Teenage girl, 17, raped in park as she waited for friend

A teenage girl has been raped in broad daylight near tennis courts at a city park.

Police have launched an investigation into the sickening attack on a 17-year-old at Blackley Recreation Ground, in north Manchester, just before 8pm on Sunday.

The victim told the authorities that she was waiting to meet a friend in the park at the time of the horrific incident.

Greater Manchester Police has said specialist officers and detectives are working at 'great speed' to identify and hunt down the attacker, the MEN reports.

A police cordon was in place at the park off Cooper Lane on Monday morning, with a section near the tennis courts taped off.

At least one police car was stationed at the scene and crime scene investigators are expected to carry out forensic work later on Monday.

Chief Inspector Danny O'Neil, of GMP's City of Manchester North division, said: "We received a very serious report last night and we have a number of officers and detectives dedicated to investigating this incident, as well as supporting the victim.

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"Initial enquiries suggest the girl was waiting for a friend she was meeting up with at the park when she was attacked, and we are working at great speed to explore various lines of enquiry to determine the identity of the offender.

"If anyone has any information then please contact police on 0161 856 3902 quoting incident 2693 of 06/06/2021.

"Details can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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