Police investigating the alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman in broad daylight have made an arrest.
The teenager claimed she was attacked in Wibsey, Bradford, West Yorkshire on Friday at around 5.45pm.
West Yorkshire Police have today arrested an 18-year-old male and are quizzing him over the allegations.
Police at the scene of the alleged rape of an 18-year-old in Wibsey, Bradford
Pictured: West Yorkshire Police at the scene of an alleged rape
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: ‘The 18 year old male has been arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in police custody as enquiries continue and the victim is being supported by specially trained officers.’
Detective Chief Inspector Al Weekes of Bradford District CID, said. ‘I know incidents like this can cause understandable concern in the local community and we have increased patrols of highly visible, uniformed officers in the area.
‘I would like to reassure residents that thankfully incidents like this are extremely rare – in Wibsey and the wider West Yorkshire area.
‘And our enquiries into the exact circumstances of what happened are continuing.
Pictured: An aerial view showing the rear entrance of the alleyway, with three police officers seen standing guard on Saturday
Pictured left: A view from above down the alleyway where an 18-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Friday. Right: An officer stands guard of the alleyway
‘We have seen a lot of unhelpful speculation about the nature of what happened on social media and I would ask people to be mindful when posting.
‘I would urge anyone with information about what happened to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference 13210460418.’
Terrified locals voiced their fears. Gemma Wright, who lives in the next street to where the rape happened, said: ‘Its terrifying to think that women aren’t safe here, even during daylight hours.
‘How did nobody hear or see anything?
‘Me and my girlfriends are scared that it could happen to us. I hope the man who did this is caught quickly.’
Gemma’s friend, who didn’t wish to be identified, said: ‘The poor lass who was raped is about the same age as us and probably thought that it couldn’t happen to her. Now we are thinking that it could happen to us.’
Source: Daily Mail UK