Man arrested on attempted rape charge after teenage girl attacked in Doncaster park

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape after a teenage girl was attacked in broad daylight in a Doncaster park.

Police have said a 28-year-old man from the Doncaster area is in custody following the incident in Elmfield Park yesterday morning.

The investigation is focusing on the gardens area in front of Elmfield House, which overlooks the park.

Elmfield Park has been cordoned off by police.

A number of police officers were at the park throughout the day with vehicles guarding the entrance to the park off Bennetthorpe.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A man is in custody this morning following an incident in a Doncaster park yesterday.

“It is reported that as the teenager walked through the park, she was approached by an unknown man who grabbed her from behind and pushed her to the ground.

“A 28 year old man from the Doncaster area has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and remains in custody at this time.”

Officers are continuing to appeal for information and are asking the public to call 101 quoting incident number 228 of 14 July.

It is the latest in a number of serious incidents within the park in recent years.

Teenage girl Casey Kearney was stabbed to death in the park in 2012 while a teenage boy was raped nearby in 2018.