Boy, 17, raped in church graveyard in ‘horrific ordeal’

A 17-year-old boy has been raped in a church graveyard in a ‘horrific ordeal’, police said.

The teenager was walking through the town centre at around midnight when a stranger started talking to him.

The pair were then walking through the graveyard, on Church Road, when the victim was punched in the stomach by the culprit, before being raped.

The boy went to hospital and officers attended.

A police cordon was put in place at the scene while forensic officers investigated the area. It has since been lifted.

The victim is now being supported by specially trained officers.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape on the same day of the incident.

He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Greater Manchester Police are now searching for a man and woman who took the teenager to hospital.

They were driving a silver car and dropped the boy off at 1.40am.

Detective Constable Stephen Hough, of GMP’s Salford district, said: ‘Specialist officers are continuing to support the teenager and his family as he recovers from this horrific ordeal and we’re continuing to work hard to ensure the person responsible is held to account.

‘Whilst we have arrested a man as part of our enquiries, our investigation remains ongoing and we know that a man and woman driving a silver car
dropped the teenager off at hospital at around 1.40am.

‘I want to stress that they aren’t in any trouble but we really need to speak to them as part of our enquiries so I would appeal directly to them
to get in touch with us as soon as possible.’