Home UK World Politics US Ocean Rescue Science & Tech Business Ents & Arts Offbeat Analysis Opinion Sky Views Videos Weather Watch Live Teenager arrested after girl, 12, raped in woods in Sheffield Officers were called in the early hours of Sunday after reports the girl was attacked in Richmond Heights Woods in Sheffield. Fill 2 Copy 11 Created with Sketch. Tuesday 21 May 2019 15:50, UK
image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News Police have arrested a teenager over the reported rape of a 12-year-old girl in a woodland in Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Police said officers were called shortly after 3.30am on Sunday following reports the youngster was attacked in Richmond Heights Woods.
The crime scene remained under police guard for much of the day while officers carried out enquiries in the area.
Temporary detective inspector Tom Woodward appealed on Tuesday for any witnesses to come forward, or anyone who may have heard anything suspicious in the area on Sunday morning.
He said: “The girl and her family continue to receive support from specialist officers and we are continuing with our inquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and provide reassurance in the area.”
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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating the rape of a 12-year-old girl in woodland in Yorkshire this weekend.
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The schoolgirl was allegedly raped in or near Richmond Heights Woods to the east of Sheffield in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police have since cordoned off the area, with forensics experts and crime scene investigators combing the scene on Sunday and Monday.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: A 16-year-old boy is currently in custody following the reported rape of a 12-year-old girl in the Richmond area of the city.
The incident was reported to police just before 3.35am on Sunday 19 May, and is said to have occurred in the nearby Richmond Heights Woods at around 2.30am.
The boy, from Sheffield, has been arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in custody where he will be questioned by officers.
The girl and her family continue to receive support from specialist officers and we are continuing with our enquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and provide reassurance in the area.
Locals expressed their revulsion at the crime below an online local newspaper report of the sex attack.
One man, called Spencer, wrote: 100 yards from my house these woods , nervous as hell now letting my daughter play out, I shouldnt have to think like that.
Another, Jon Barber, added: Im concerned a sex predator is hunting vulnerable people and this poor girl and her family fell victim. I feel sick knowing these animals are living amongst us.
Police asked anyone with information to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 164 of 19 May 2019.