Man arrested following report of rape in Vale Park, New Brighton
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We have arrested a male following a report of rape in New Brighton on Sunday 20 March.
Yesterday, Monday 21 March, we received a report that a female had been raped in Vale Park on Sunday.
Following enquiries, officers arrested a 17-year-old male from Liscard on suspicion of rape.
He was taken into custody and is being questioned by police.
A scene was in place in Vale Park today, Tuesday 22 March, while forensic enquiries were carried out but this has now been stood down.
Enquiries into the incident remain ongoing and you can pass on any information via DM @MerPolCC, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 22000196763.
Anyone who wants to report a sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers.
Merseyside Police, alongside three other forces, have also been part of a pilot project for a new service to report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences online – with the option to report anonymously.
The new online Rape and Sexual Assault reporting service is now live on the website here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/advice/rape-sexual-assault-and-other-sexual-offences/ and enables people who do not require immediate police assistance to report the crime via their local force website.
Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.
For women who have felt or feel unsafe in public spaces the Home Office has set up a pilot service (StreetSafe | Police.uk (www.police.uk) for anyone to anonymously report public places where they have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, e.g. street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, e.g. being followed or verbally abused. Please note: 'StreetSafe' is not for reporting crime or incidents.
If something has happened to you or someone you know (including in public spaces online) you can call us on 101 or find out what online reporting services are available at StreetSafe | Police.uk (www.police.uk)