Police have arrested eleven youngsters – ten boys and one girl – after a 43 year-old woman was raped in her own home.
The woman, who lives in Anfield in Liverpool, has been described by the police as “vulnerable.” The “distressed” victim is now receiving specialised support from trained officers.
The suspects comprise ten males, all aged between 12 and 19 and a fifteen year-old girl. Investigating officers are hoping that the family or friends of the members of the gang will come forward with information about the alleged crime.
The gang was questioned by police, bailed and released and although the assault happened a month ago at approximately 4.20pm on 24th September, it is only now the police are revealing the details of their arrests.
Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, of the Merseyside police, urged anyone with information to come forward: “The victim has been distressed by her ordeal and is being supported by specialist officers. This was an appalling attack on a woman in her own home and we would urge anyone who has information, which could help us bring those responsible to justice, to come forward.
“It is possible that some of those who were in the flat on the day may have talked to people, including friends or family, about what happened and if they have we would urge them to contact us.”
Anybody with any information is asked to contact the Merseyside police on 0151 777 1382 or alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.