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Four asylum seekers arrested in connection with alleged rape of a girl at a school in Kent


Four teenagers who arrived in the UK on small boats as asylum seekers have been arrested in connection with an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl in Dover.

The attack took place at a school in Kent and involved Afghan boys who arrived unaccompanied last year.

Kent police confirmed they were investigating the incident and said that the four boys had been released on bail while inquiries continued.

Sources close to the investigation told The Times that one boy is alleged to have raped the schoolgirl while three other boys are alleged to have acted as 'lookouts'.

Late last week one of the boys, aged 15, was arrested on suspicion of rape and the three others, aged between 13 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating the attack. 

All four boys are believed to be pupils at the same school of the victim.

A spokesman for Kent police said it is 'investigating a report of a sexual offence involving a teenage girl and a teenage boy in Dover on the afternoon of Monday 6 February 2023. 

'Four boys were arrested as part of the investigation and have since been released on bail while enquiries continue.'

The teens, who came to the UK unaccompanied, are reportedly in the care of Kent county council’s social services.