A man has been arrested after a girl was reportedly raped at a tower block.

Officers were called shortly after 7.20pm on Sunday following a report a 16-year-old girl had been raped by a man police said she had met earlier that day.

The incident happened at an address in International Way, Southampton.

Officers attended and carried out a search of the area.

A 25-year-old man from Southampton was found and arrested on suspicion of rape.

He remains in police custody at the current time.

The victim is currently being supported by specialist officers and police remain in the area carrying out enquiries, a spokesman for the force said.

This incident comes days after a woman in her 40s was raped in East Park in the city centre last week.

Police have been clear that they are not linking the two incidents.

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Southampton Superintendent Phil Lamb said: “This is an extremely concerning crime committed against a young girl and I know that Southampton residents will be worried to hear of this report, particularly in light of the rape of a woman in East Park towards the end of last week.  

“We are not treating these incidents as linked and have charged a suspect following the East Park incident, while currently having a man in custody for this particular incident on International Way.

“Specialist officers from our Operation Amberstone unit, which investigates rape and serious sexual assault while supporting victims, are currently investigating this report and remain in the area today carrying out enquiries.

“We want to reassure women and girls who report incidents of serious sexual assault and rape to us that they will be offered specialist support and provided with a specially trained officer.

“We are currently having conversations with key partners across the city, including Southampton City Council, licensed premises including bars and clubs, security staff, street pastors and Southampton Central Ambulance Service around how we can best protect and safeguard women and girls here in Southampton.

“Working in partnership is key to making our streets, open spaces, public transport and homes safer for women and girls, and we want you to know that we are here to protect you if you need our help.”