15/05/2008

Arrest Follows Rape Of Young Boy

A man is being held on suspicion of rape after a young boy was sexually assaulted in Darwen - a market town in Lancashire.

A man approached the 12-year-old boy as he was walking in the Sudellside area near his home.

He offered the youngster £10 to help find his dog and then led him to a park off Marsh House Lane.

Police say that despite the boy's efforts to escape, he was subjected to a "brutal sexual attack that may have last some time".

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "On conclusion of the harrowing incident the victim managed to get to a nearby road and flag down a passing vehicle who had taken him home."

The incident was reported at 11pm last night sparking a major investigation involving 60 police officers.

A 44-year-old man has been arrested in the Darwen area and is being questioned by officers at Greenbank Police Station, Whitebirk.

Police are appealing for witness. Anyone with information is asked to call Blackburn Police on 01254 51212.

(DS)

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