Four boys aged as young as 13-year-old were arrested today after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped in a park after dark.
The teenagers, aged 13-year-old, 14-year, 15-year-old, and 16-year-old, were arrested nine days after the woman was said to have been attacked at High Hazels Park in Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Police launched an investigation after receiving reports of the incident in the Darnall area of the city on 23 November at about 6 pm.
Officers carried out two warrants before arresting the boys who are all now in custody and have stepped up local patrols in the area.
A police spokesman said today: “Four people have been arrested following reports of a rape in Darnall, Sheffield last week.
“At around 6 pm that evening, it was reported that a 21-year-old woman was raped by a group of four males in High Hazels Park.
“Today officers executed two warrants in the Darnall area as part of their inquiries.
“Four boys were arrested on suspicion of rape and remain in custody at this time.”
Speaking last week, Detective Inspector Ben Wood said: “I understand that news of this incident is likely to cause distress and concern among the local community.”