Page last updated at 14:48 GMT, Friday, 25 September 2009 15:48 UK

Teenage girl gang-raped in park

Five boys, aged between 13 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of rape after a 15-year-old girl was attacked in a park in Bolton.

The teenager was attacked in Queen's Park, close to Bolton town centre in the early hours of Thursday, Greater Manchester Police said.

She has been examined at St Mary's sexual assault centre in Manchester and is receiving counselling.

Officers have been carrying out a forensic search of the area.


Patrols have also been increased to reassure the public, though police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

Supt John Lyons said: "While this is an extremely disturbing incident I must stress it is an isolated one.

"Incidents like this often send shockwaves through the community and that is why we are putting on extra patrols.

"I would also like to praise those involved in this case.

"It is particularly pleasing to see that we quickly identified a crime scene and have also made a number of arrests."

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