A 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons have been charged with the rape of an eight-year-old girl in a Manchester park.
The boy is believed to have attacked the girl in the Nuthurst Park, in the Moston area of Manchester on Saturday night..
The boy has been remanded in police custody and will appear at Manchester Youth Court on Monday.
Police have urged members of the public not to speculate over the circumstances of the incident.
Police released a statement saying: “This is in relation to an incident that happened just before 6.55pm on Saturday 24 June 2017 when police were called to reports that an eight-year-old girl had been raped in Nuthurst Park.
“We are aware of a lot of local speculation regarding the investigation and we would ask that this please stops to allow the investigation and legal process to continue without prejudice.”