Woman, 18, raped in Manchester city centre

An 18-year-old woman was raped in a side street in Manchester city centre, police have said.

The victim was approached by a man outside a club in Longworth Street at about 23:30 BST on Wednesday.

She got into a dark Range Rover and was driven to a side street near Deansgate and was raped by the driver. She was dropped off near the club afterwards.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail, pending further inquiries, a police spokesman said.

Det Sgt Cheryl Morrell, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The victim has obviously been left deeply distressed by this incident and we are currently helping her through this difficult period.

"We believe there were a number of people outside the club at the time and are urging anyone who may have seen the victim get into the car or being dropped off to contact police as soon as possible."

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