AN investigation has been launched after reports that a woman was raped in Taylor Park on Saturday night.

Officers were called at around 10.50pm on Saturday, November 28, to reports that a woman was raped by an unknown man in the park.

The victim is being supported by specialist officers as police enquiries continue.

Park-goers say an area around the Ranger Centre, close to the park's lake, was cordoned off on Sunday morning as forensic teams carried out an investigation. 

A 32-year-old man from St Helens was arrested nearby on suspicion of rape and possession of an offensive weapon.

This man has since been eliminated from enquiries in connection with the rape and released under investigation in connection with possessing an offensive weapon.

Detective Inspector Andy McCourt said: "We understand the concern that this incident may cause and are carrying out extensive enquiries to find out exactly what happened.

"If you were in or around the Taylor Park area on Saturday night and saw anything suspicious, or have heard any information since, then please let us know.

"We will be continuing our enquiries in the area today."

Anyone with information or who wants to report a sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers, or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police with reference 20000724820.

Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.