Schoolboy, 12, is arrested on suspicion of trying to rape eight-year-old boy

A 12-year-old schoolboy has been arrested on suspicion of trying to rape an eight-year-old boy.

Police were called out on Friday night after the alleged attempted sex attack in the Longsight area of Manchester.

Specially-trained officers then spoke to the younger boy and began an investigation into an attempted rape.

A 12-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted rape.

He has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Greater Manchester Police have released a statement confirming that the incident was not a random stranger attack.

Detective Inspector Carol Hobson said: ‘I understand that this incident will cause a lot of anxiety and distress in the local community and there may well be lots of speculation about what happened.