Man arrested on suspicion of sauna rape

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Police in Manchester have confirmed they have made an arrest in relation to the alleged rape in a gay sauna in the city centre earlier this week.

Shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday police received reports that a man had been raped at the Basement Complex on Tariff Street.

An investigation was launched and a 31-year-old man from the Miles Platting area has been arrested on suspicion of rape. He is currently in police custody.

The investigation has been carried out with the full support and co-operation of the staff at the Basement Complex.

Detective Sergeant Trevor Eaton said:

“We take all allegations of rape very seriously and I would like to reassure the community that our inquiries will continue until we establish exactly what has happened.

“The support we have received throughout the investigation from the staff at the Basement Complex has been fantastic.”

A spokesman for the Basement Complex said:

“Throughout the investigation all possible assistance was afforded to the police.

“Officers from Greater Manchester Police discharged their duties with total professionalism and respect for the anonymity of our clients.”

Greater Manchester Police said that anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency.

The force has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515.