Four schoolboys aged between 12 and 14 arrested on suspicion of rape of young girl in Rochdale

Composite image of police and car park

The crime scene is in a car park between the Newbold tram stop and a supermarket entrance

James Saunders

By James Saunders

Published: 12/02/2024

- 10:11

Updated: 12/02/2024

- 12:08

The four teenage suspects remain in police custody

Four boys aged between 12 to 14 years old have been arrested on suspicion of rape, police in Rochdale have said.

The arrests were made after police were called to reports of a rape in Newbold, Rochdale, at around 6pm on Saturday.

The boys – a 12-year-old, 13-year-old and two 14-year-olds – remain in police custody.

The victim – a female child, a police spokesperson said – is currently being supported by specialist officers.

A car park

Another angle of the car park, where the BBC reports a forensic investigation is underway


A crime scene remains in place as officers continue their investigation, a Greater Manchester Police statement said.

The cordoned-off area is in a car park between the Newbold Metrolink tram stop and the entrance to a Morrisons supermarket.

A forensic investigation, including a police dog team, was underway at the scene, according to the BBC.

Police have called for anyone with information that could help their enquiries to call 0161 856 8512, quoting log number 2601 of 10/02/2024.


The service also said members of the public can report information using the ‘tell us about’ tool on the Greater Manchester Police website, or by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police continued: “If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.”

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