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Teens Arrested Over University Sex Attacks
Two teenagers have been arrested over a string of sex attacks near Manchester University.
A boy aged 14 and an 18-year-old youth were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and later released on police bail.
They must return to a police station later today to be questioned further by officers.
Two assaults happened within 15 minutes of each other, and there was a third around two weeks later.
Police said the victims were deeply traumatised by the attacks, which a senior officer said were "not a practical joke".
Police had earlier released an efit of the youngster they were looking for in connection with the attacks.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said: "These crimes have shocked everyone and I am pleased to say that we have now made two arrests.
"I would like to thank members of the public and the media for their support and the information they have provided and as a result, we are now in a position where two people are in custody and are being questioned.
"However, we still remain in the early days of this investigation and there is still a lot of work to be done.
"I want to reassure the community that, whilst we have made arrests, we will continue to investigate these appalling incidents so we so can establish all the facts and who is responsible.
"I would continue to appeal to anyone who either has information about these three attacks or has information about any other incidents of this nature to come forward."
The first two attacks took place on Saturday September 21.
A 27-year-old woman was approached from behind and grabbed in Lloyd Street North at 6.15pm before she screamed and the offender ran off.
The next incident followed in Oxford Road, close to the old BBC building, when a 21-year-old woman was approached by a boy who made lewd comments.
She carried on walking along Moss Lane East and was sexually assaulted by her assailant, who was described as a young Asian boy aged about 12 and wearing green jeans and glasses.
The third attack took place at the Manchester Science Park in Lloyd Street North at about 2.15pm on Saturday October 5.
A 32-year-old woman was approached by two young boys and sexually assaulted by one of them described as Asian, 12 to 13 years old, of slim build, and with a small frame. He was wearing baggy trousers and carrying a rucksack on his back.
She pushed the boy away but he approached her again and sexually assaulted her for a second time before running off towards Pencroft Way together with the second boy, who was also of Asian appearance.
Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 0161 856 4223 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.