Five men and a youth arrested in Leicester over alleged sex assault of 16-year-old girl
Police investigating the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl have arrested five men and a youth.
The investigation was launched after her family raised concerns about her welfare.
Specialist officers have been working with the victim and as a result of this work the investigation has moved forward into the arrest phase.
This morning, five men, aged 20, 22 25, 27 and 39, and a 15-year-old boy, were arrested from different addresses in Leicester.
All remain in police custody while inquiries continue.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Sharp, who is leading the investigation, said: "We currently have five men and one youth in custody and we're in the process of interviewing them.
"We continue to work very closely with the victim and her family. She is being supported through the whole process by specialist officers.
"These kinds of investigations are extremely complex and it's important we are thorough with all our inquiries. Every piece of information or evidence needs to be looked at in detail and this means it could well be a lengthy investigation.
"Also, the victim and her welfare is a key priority for us. We will continue to work with her, at a pace she is comfortable with, in order to support her through this process."
A police spokesperson said: "Local officers continue to link in with residents and community leaders, who are supportive of the police investigations.
"Officers also continue to provide the community with daily updates and reassurance around various rumours and speculation."
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.