A MAJOR police inquiry was launched today after a 13-year-old girl was reportedly raped after being forced into sex acts with a group of at least a dozen men.
The girl is believed to have told police she was raped by one man in the Chatsworth Road area of Harehills at about 7pm on Saturday after being forced to engage in sexual activities with at least 12 others.
The girl was found wandering in a traumatic condition the following morning at about 5am.
Five men were later arrested by police in connection with the allegation and it is understood that more suspects are being sought by officers investigating the horrific report.
The five detained were later released on bail pending further enquiries.
Two areas believed to be linked to the incident were sealed off by police in the Hovingham Park and Chatsworth Road areas of Harehills and forensic experts scoured the ground seeking evidence.
After initial inquiries by detectives from the North East Leeds divisional CID, the investigation was taken over by the West Yorkshire Police specialist rape unit Operation Topaz.
The victim of the assault was being cared for by officers specially trained in dealing with victims of sex attacks.