16-year-old boy charged with Rochdale rape

The attack is alleged to have occurred on Wednesday in the Heywood neighbourhood

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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with an alleged rape in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Local newspaper the Manchester Evening News reports that the boy was arrested on suspicion of committing the rape and is still being held in custody.

The boy is due to appear before Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court on Monday morning.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to Manchester Road in Heywood on Wednesday at around 1.25am.

The victim, a 46-year-old woman, was allegedly pushed to the ground by a stranger and raped. After officers arrived she was taken to Fairfield General Hospital.

Greater Manchester Police tweeted last night: “Boy, 16, arrested in connection with the rape of a woman in Heywood in the early hours of Wednesday morning.”

According to the police the attack occurred on the junction of Birnham Grove and Argyle Street.

Police are asking for any potential witnesses to come forward.