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Boy detained for Emberton Park rape of girl, four

A teenager who raped a four-year-old girl in a Buckinghamshire park has been detained for five years.

The girl was attacked during a visit with her family to Emberton Park in Olney, near Milton Keynes, on 13 August 2009, Huntingdon Crown Court heard.

The 17-year-old boy, who was 16 when he raped the victim, was found guilty by a jury in November.

The girl identified the boy in a Co-op store just days after being raped because he was wearing the same top.

Jurors were told the boy, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, approached the girl as she played in a children's play park.

Det Ch Insp Peter Vigurs said: "We are pleased for the victim and her family that the offender in this case has now been sentenced.

"The victim has been incredibly brave throughout the investigation and the subsequent court cases and seeing her giving evidence reminded me of how brave she has been.

"Despite her young age, she was able to give a detailed account of what happened to her. I hope now both the victim and her family can start to put this ordeal behind them."

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