A MAN has been arrested after a woman was raped in Bolton town centre on Sunday.

The woman in her 20s had been raped by a man in a vehicle on Back Cheapside, Bolton, with police called to the scene at around 5.20am.

The suspected rapist is said to have fled the scene before officers arrived, but following an investigation a 29-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of rape in the early hours of this morning.

Detective Sergeant Robert Parker of GMP's Bolton district said: "This was an extremely distressing incident for the woman involved and she is currently receiving specialist support as she begins to process what has happened to her.

"I also understand the considerable concern this will cause for the community and I want to stress that this incident is being treated with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity.

"A full investigation was launched following the report and I'm glad to say we have now made an arrest in connection and he currently remains in custody for questioning by officers.

"Our investigation will remain ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or has information or footage that could assist our enquiries then please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.

"Any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, could prove vital to our investigation."

The man remains in custody for questioning.

No other suspects are currently being sought but members of the public are still being encouraged to come forward with information.

Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 5757 quoting incident 737 of 21/11/21.

Members of the public can also submit information via 101 or on GMP's online LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.