A man arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged rape of a teenage girl has been released by police.

The 25-year-old from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of rape on Sunday.

He has now been released from police custody to allow for further enquiries to continue.

The man will remain on bail until September 9.

It comes after police officers were called shortly after 7.20pm on Sunday following a report a 16-year-old girl had been raped by a man at an address in International Way.

Police said the victim met the man earlier that day.

The incident happened three days after a woman in her 40s was allegedly raped in East Park in the city centre last week.

Police have said they are not treating the two incidents as linked.

Southampton Superintendent Phil Lamb yesterday told the Echo: “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.

"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.”