A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the rape of an eight-year-old girl in a popular North Manchester park.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Manchester Youth Court on Monday 26 June.
Due to the severity of the incident, the boy has been remanded into custody and will face crown court on July 10.
Police were called to reports that a young girl had been raped in Nuthurst Park, Moston on Saturday 24 June at about 7pm.
Officers investigating the rape say they are aware of a lot of local speculation and are warning people to stop.
This is to allow the investigation and legal process to continue without prejudice.
Detective Sergeant Darren Wales, GMP’s City of Manchester team, said: “We have been made aware of, and received reports of, malicious communications since the beginning of this investigation.
“I’m reminding people that they are legally bound to refrain from speculating on the identity of the boy who has been charged.
“We need to put a stop to this so the legal process can continue without prejudice.
“Everyone has a right to a fair trial.
“My team will actively seek those who commit malicious communications offences and ensure they face criminal prosecution.”