Rumours have been circulating on social media that a schoolgirl was sexually assaulted on her way home from school in Runcorn. This is inaccurate.
An 18-year-old woman, not connected to the school, did report to police that she had been a victim of sexual assault on 19 November behind Morvall Crescent in Halton Brook.
As part of an investigation into the assault police arrested a 23-year-old man from Runcorn. He remains on bail pending further enquiries.
Sgt Janet Wells said: “I’d like to reassure parents and residents that the rumours circulating are completely unfounded and incorrect. Always check with police if you hear rumours, before circulating them as they can cause distress within the community.”