Man arrested in Manchester over attempted rape of 10-year-old girl

The man was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and attempted rape 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl.

The suspect, aged 23, is also being held on suspicion of kidnap after the assault in Openshaw on Saturday, Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

The child was attacked when she separated from friends on Saturday 10 February.

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

On Thursday they had arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of kidnap and attempted rape. He remains in custody for questioning.DI 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 1.30pm and 1.40pm that day, to help with our enquiries.”