A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and taken in for questioning following the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Hibbert Road, Walthamstow on Saturday night.

The teenager was arrested yesterday over his suspected involvement in the attack that happened around midnight on Saturday, when the young girl was approached by three men aged 17-19. She was pinned down and raped by two of three men, who she described as being black and mixed race.

Detective Inspector Simon Ellershaw said:

This was a very nasty attack on a vulnerable girl just 12 years old by a group of older males who engaged her in conversation before leading her to a secluded area. She was pinned down and two of the males then brutally raped her.

Despite this arrest we are still appealing for anyone with information or any witnesses to please contact police as soon as possible.

The police are still looking for the two other men who were involved in the attack.