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Four boys including 12-year-old arrested on suspicion of rape in Newark

Four boys including a 12-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of the rape of a teenage girl in Newark.

Police received a report that a teenage girl had been attacked on Yorke Drive playing fields in the Nottinghamshire market town, between 5.30pm and 7pm on 25 May.

A boy aged 12, a 13-year-old, and two boys aged 14 have all been released on bail with strict conditions, Nottinghamshire Police said.

It comes after four other teenage boys, two aged 15 and two aged 16, were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of rape in relation to the attack, and all four remain on conditional bail, police said.

Detective Inspector Amy Revill, of the force, said: “We have made a further four arrests in this case and our investigation is continuing to move at pace.”

He said specially trained officers “are continuing to support the girl” and “doing everything we can to establish exactly what’s happened”.

DI Revill also appealed to the local community and anyone who may have any information to contact the force, adding he wants to thanks several people who have come forward to with inquiries.

Inspector Charlotte Ellam, District Commander for Newark, said: “I understand the concerns this incident has caused to our community in Newark. But I want to make clear the team of detectives investigating this incident are working around the clock and we will uncover exactly what’s happened.

“We’ve been carrying out extra patrols in the area and this will continue. So, if you do have any concerns, please speak to one of my officers.

“We would also ask that people please avoid speculation whilst we go through this process.

“We’ll make sure to keep you updated as our investigation progresses.”

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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