Leicester

Leicester attack: Boy held over rape and attempted murder

Victoria Park attack Leicester
Image caption The victim was found near some recycling bins in Victoria Park early on Tuesday morning

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and rape after a "horrific" attack on a woman.

The victim, in her 20s, was left "fighting for her life" after the assault in Victoria Park, Leicester, at about 23:40 BST on Monday.

She was dragged into bushes and found near recycling bins around an hour later, Leicestershire Police said.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday night and detectives have renewed their appeal for information.

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The teenager was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but police have now also arrested him on suspicion of rape.

The woman is in a critical condition in hospital.

Police said she had been walking alone along a well-lit section of the park before she was attacked about the head and upper body.

Large parts of the public space were cordoned off on Tuesday as forensic officers combed the scene for evidence.

CCTV footage

Det Ch Insp Rob Widdowson said: "This was a really brutal attack.

"The victim has been left with horrendous injuries and is fighting for her life.

"We still need to trace anyone who may have been in the area of Victoria Park and who may have seen something which can help us with our inquiries.

"You may not think what you saw is significant, but we still want to speak to you."

Det Supt Neil Castle added: "Whilst crossing the park she was attacked and subsequently dragged into some bushes, where she was seriously assaulted. She sustained horrific injuries."

He said officers had been carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area and asking for CCTV footage from any businesses, homes or vehicles.

"Any footage, no matter how brief, could be vital to the investigation," he said.

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