A thirty year old man has been arrested after a 17-year-old boy who was walking through Eccles Town Centre was attacked

The incident took place at around midnight on the 22nd June.

The teenager began to talk with the man who began walking with him.

As they walked through Eccles Parish Church graveyard, the victim was punched in the stomach before he was raped by the man he had met moments earlier.

Forensic officers attended the scene and a cordon was in place whilst investigative work was carried out. This has since been lifted.

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

Following enquiries, a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape later that day. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing directly to a man and a woman who took the teenager to hospital to come forward.

Detective Constable Stephen Hough, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “Specialist officers are continuing to support the teenager and his family as he recovers from this horrific ordeal and we’re continuing to work hard to ensure the person responsible is held to account.

“Whilst we have arrested a man as part of our enquiries, our investigation remains ongoing and we know that a man and woman driving a silver car dropped the teenager off at hospital at around 01:40am.

“I want to stress that they aren’t in any trouble but we really need to speak to them as part of our enquiries so I would appeal directly to them to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”


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