Two teenage boys arrested by police after reports of a rape in Queens Park have been released on bail.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed the two 16-year-old boys arrested as part of the investigation have been bailed, pending further enquiries.

The force launched its investigation in the morning on Saturday, March 9, cordoning off the popular park in Bolton.

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Police and forensics teams could be seen combing the area.

Residents have been urged to contact police with any concerns.

Speaking earlier this week, Detective Inspector Ruth Atherton said: “On Saturday March 9 GMP were made aware of a suspected rape on Queen's Park.

"I understand that this will be alarming to our communities, but please be assured that we are following several lines of enquiry, and we have dedicated neighbourhood officers and PCSOs out in the local area.

“Please speak to them if you have any concerns.

“We do believe that this incident was targeted, and we have specialist officers supporting the victim at what is a very difficult time.”

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Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or anonymously call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Support for Rape and Sexual Assault:

St. Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre - Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. They offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by calling 0161 276 6515.

Greater Manchester Rape Crisis - is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call on 0161 273 4500 or email

Survivors Manchester - provides specialist trauma informed support to male victims in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape, or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.

Support for Domestic Abuse:
Providing domestic abuse support and guidance.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Free 24-hour helpline, guidance and support for victims.

National Centre for Domestic Violence
Provides a free service that lets anyone who has recently suffered from, or been threatened with, domestic abuse apply for an emergency court injunction.

Victim Support
Free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family and friends with 24-hour live chat and helpline available.

Women’s Aid Domestic Violence Helpline
Free 24-hour national helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge.

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