A teenage girl has been raped in York.

Police are appealing for an important witness to come forward to assist their investigation.

An aerial view of Hob Moor Drive, York, showing the alleyway which leads to Hob Moor. Photograph © Google Street View

Officers are investigating the report of rape of a teenage girl on the evening of Thursday (June 7). The incident took place on Hob Moor, an area of common land on the outskirts of York.

A 17-year-old boy, who is known to the victim, has been arrested and released on conditional bail.

Key witness

An aerial view of Hob Moor, York. Photograph © Google Street View
Immediately before the incident, the victim was in the alleyway that runs from Hob Moor Drive, onto Hob Moor itself, with the suspect.

She was upset, and was pushed against a garden fence. During this altercation, a man, possibly a runner, stopped and spoke to the victim to ask if she was OK.

Officers are appealing for this man to come forward, as he may have information which could assist the investigation. They also want to hear from any other witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Serious Crime Team
Or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12180101227