Manchester boy rape: 'Good response' over police appeal

Men wanted
Image caption The attack happened in a Debenhams store in Manchester city centre

Police investigating the rape of a boy at a Manchester department store have received a "good response" from the public to their appeal for information.

The 14-year-old was marched by two men to Debenhams, where he was assaulted in the toilets in June.

New lines of inquiry have been generated from calls following the release of CCTV images of the suspects on Tuesday, detectives said.

The force has been criticised for waiting two months before going public.

Manchester Central MP Tony Lloyd said the decision to delay a public appeal "raises important questions about public safety".

'We'll get you'

Det Sgt Liam Boden, of North Manchester CID, defended the move, saying the CCTV pictures were circulated immediately to businesses and neighbourhood officers and released more widely after forensic tests proved negative.

The boy was approached in a lift in the Arndale Centre on his way to the toilet and led away by one Asian and one white man at about 17:45 BST on 2 June.

He has been left devastated by the attack, police said.

The victim was told by one of the men: "Come with us, do what we say and if you try to run we'll get you."

Police said such attacks were very rare and they have had no other reports of any similar incident since June.

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