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14-year-old boy raped in Manchester department store bathroom

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 11:40 EDT
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CCTV images released by Greater Manchester Police show two men wanted for questioning after a 14-year-old boy was raped in the toilets of a Debenhams department store in Manchester in June. Police said the victim reported the incident and has been supported by a team of specially trained officers who have spent the last two months working with him to build a picture of what happened. (AFP Photo/CCTV)
 
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Police are searching for two men after a 14-year-old boy was raped in a Manchester department store toilet on a Saturday afternoon.

The boy was in the Arndale Centre in Manchester city centre at around 5.45pm on June 2 when he went to the toilet.

“While there he was approached by two men, one Asian, one white, who stared at him,” a Greater Manchester Police statementsaid.

“One of them said to him ‘come with us, do what we say and if you try to run we’ll get you’ and he was grabbed by the arm, led out of the Arndale centre and taken to nearby Debenhams.

“He was then taken by the lift upstairs and was marched to a toilet where he was raped by the Asian man.”

Police said the victim, described as “traumatised”, reported the incident and has been supported by a team of specially trained officers who have spent the last two months working with him to build a picture of what happened.

The statement said police were also waiting for the results of forensics tests before making their appeal.

Detective Sergeant Liam Boden, of North Manchester CID, said: “This young victim has been absolutely devastated by what happened to him.”

He added: “What makes this incident doubly shocking is that he was marched across a busy part of the city centre during the late afternoon on Saturday.”

Police hope other shoppers saw the men and may be able to identify them.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Greater Manchester Police.

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