Two teenage boys have been taken to court and a third has been arrested in connection to the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Walthamstow last Saturday night.

The two suspects, who cannot be named due to their age, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court in Bow on Saturday with one being kept in custody and the other released on bail with conditions. The two will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 21 August.

A third teenager, also aged 17, was arrested this weekend in connection to the rape after attending an east London police station and remained in custody on Sunday.

The 12-year-old victim was raped when she was approached by three males in the Hibbert Road area of Walthamstow, when two of the boys attacked her.