Northern Ireland

Man released on bail over Carrickfergus churchyard rape

The girl was attacked in the church grounds
Image caption The girl was attacked in the church grounds

An 18-year-old man who was questioned by police about the rape of a 15-year-old girl in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, has been released on bail.

The girl was attacked and raped in a churchyard at about 2200 GMT on Saturday.

She and a friend had been waiting for a taxi at Lancastrian Street, in the town, when a man dragged her into church grounds and attacked her.

An 18-year-old man was arrested soon after.

Both girls are said to be severely traumatised by the attack.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the attack to contact them.