Man arrested on suspicion of rape in Southport

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a 17-year-old woman reported she had been attacked near a Merseyside church.

Officers were called to Lord Street, Southport, at about 05:00 BST. A 24-year-old, of no fixed address, was later arrested.

Part of the churchyard was cordoned off as police carried out forensic tests.

Merseyside Police said the woman was being supported by specially-trained officers.

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