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Girl, 10, escaped from man trying to rape her after becoming separated from friends
A man has been arrested after an alleged rape in a park in Manchester (Picture: PA)

Police investigating the attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl have arrested a man.

The child was attacked when she became separated from her friends in the Openshaw area of Manchester on the afternoon of Saturday February 10.

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Police say a man led the girl to an area of wasteland where he sexually assaulted her before attempting to rape her.

The ‘brave’ girl managed to escape before alerting a nearby dog-walker, Greater Manchester Police said.

Officers described the attack as ‘horrendous’ and released CCTV images of a man they wanted to trace.

Police said on Thursday they had arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of kidnap and attempted rape. He remains in custody for questioning.

Girl, 10, escaped from man trying to rape her after becoming separated from friends
Police are looking for any witnesses to the attack near Kilcraig Close, Openshaw (Picture: Google Street View)

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Boyce said: ‘While we’ve made an arrest, our investigation into this horrendous attack continues.

‘We are looking to speak to anyone who was around Kilcraig Close on Saturday afternoon, or who travelled on the Ashton metrolink line between 1.30 and 1.40pm that day, to help with our enquiries.

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‘Our increased patrols will continue over the coming days and I’d urge any local residents with concerns to please speak to them directly.

‘If you have any information that could help with this investigation, no matter how small, please share this with police at the earliest possible opportunity.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact CID on 0161 856 1146 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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