2 ar­rested in U.K. af­ter girl re­ports be­ing raped twice in one night

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Two men were ar­rested af­ter a 14-year-old girl was raped in two sep­a­rate at­tacks in one night near a rail­way in Birmingham, Eng­land, the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said Sat­ur­day.

The two men, one 35 and the other 27, nei­ther of whom were iden­ti­fied, were ar­rested af­ter the po­lice re­leased closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion im­ages of two sus­pects wanted in an at­tack on the girl near the city’s Wit­ton train sta­tion Tues­day night. The men are both from Birmingham, po­lice said.

The girl told po­lice that she had walked to the train sta­tion with a friend, and that two men ap­proached them on the plat­form. One man led her away to a se­cluded area of the sta­tion, she said, and raped her.

She made her way to the street af­ter the at­tack and sought help, get­ting into a ve­hi­cle around 2 a.m. Once in­side the ve­hi­cle, she was raped a sec­ond time by an­other man, po­lice said. She es­caped from that ve­hi­cle and flagged down the driver of an­other car, who helped her, po­lice said.

The vic­tim de­scribed the man who at­tacked her in the first ve­hi­cle as hav­ing “large bi­ceps,” the trans­port po­lice said in a state­ment.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear whether the two sus­pects had been charged Sat­ur­day.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Tony Fitz­patrick said in the state­ment that there had been sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments in the case af­ter po­lice re­leased the footage from sur­veil­lance mon­i­tors.

He had pre­vi­ously told the news me­dia that spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers were sup­port­ing the vic­tim af­ter a “hor­ri­fy­ing or­deal.”

Birmingham, about 128 miles north­west of Lon­don, is of­ten called Eng­land’s sec­ond city and has a pop­u­la­tion of more than 1 mil­lion res­i­dents.

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