Greater Manchester Police are currently investigating reports of a rape of a young female child next to Morrison's supermarket in Rochdale.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed this afternoon that local officers were called at 18:00 hours on Saturday night (10th February) to reports of a rape in the area. Four boys aged 12, 13, 14, 14 have been arrested on suspicion of rape and remain in police custody.
A spokesperson for GMP has confirmed that the alleged victim is a female child.
The victim is currently being supported by specialist officers.
A scene remains in place as officers continue their investigation.
If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. They offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by calling 0161 276 6515.
Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call on 0161 273 4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.
The scene is currently taped up. Further information to follow.