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17/08/2018 13:04 BST

Leicester Sex Assault: Third Man Arrested After 'Horrific' Playground Attack Leaves Woman Fighting For Life

He was detained on suspicion of attempted murder and serious sexual assault.

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A 50-year-old woman was attacked near a children's playground in Leicester on 3 August

A third man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and serious sexual assault after a “horrific” attack left a woman fighting for her life in hospital. 

The victim, who is in her 50s, was discovered near a children’s play park off Cedar Road, Leicester, at 4.45am on 3 August.

In the early hours of Friday morning, Leicestershire Police said the 24-year-old suspect, of no fixed address, was located in Stoke-on-Trent and arrested.

A 16-year-old boy and 56-year-old man have also been arrested in connection with the crime, but the older man has since been bailed. 

Crime scene investigators conducted a detailed examination of the scene, which had been cordoned off, and CCTV footage was viewed as part of the inquiry.

The force said inquiries are continuing and the victim remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Speaking on Thursday before the arrest, Detective Inspector Mark Sinski, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit for major crimes, said: “Our thorough and detailed investigation into what happened during the early hours of 3 August is continuing and there are still a number of lines of inquiry that we are following.

“Today, officers have been deployed to the area around the park to ensure that no stone remains unturned in our investigation.

“This has included searching drains in Cedar Road and the surrounding area to see whether anything can be recovered that will help us in catching the person responsible for this brutal attack.”

He added: “We owe it to both the victim and the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to find the person responsible for this horrendous crime.”

Hundreds of leaflets were handed out in and around Cedar Road calling for the public to help trace the offenders.