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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 18:52 GMT
Rape inquiry at Man U party hotel
Great John Steet Hotel (pic courtesy of MEN Syndication)
The alleged rape took place at the Great John Street Hotel
Police are investigating the alleged rape of a 26-year-old woman at a hotel where Manchester United players and other guests were attending a party.

The alleged attack took place at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester in the early hours of Tuesday.

Hotel managers confirmed the venue was fully booked out for a private party.

Police are refusing to confirm or deny the involvement of any players in the incident at the city centre hotel but are continuing inquiries.

The hotel is a boutique "town house" hotel converted from a Victorian schoolhouse, situated in the trendy Castlefield area of Manchester.

'Inquiries continuing'

A hotel spokesman said: "We're helping the police with an investigation."

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Police are currently investigating a report of rape at a hotel in Manchester city centre.

"[Officers] were called to the hotel on Great John Street to a report that a 26-year-old woman had been raped.

"Inquiries are continuing."

A Manchester United spokeswoman declined to comment.

Police were called to the hotel shortly after 0400 GMT.

Police refuse to confim or deny players' involvement

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