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Boy, 14, admits five sex assaults

A 14-year-old boy has admitted being responsible for a spate of sex attacks.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Manchester City Magistrates' Court to five counts of sexual assault.

Police initially thought they might be looking for an offender as young as 12 when they launched their appeal last weekend.

The charges relate to five reports of sexual assault on five different women, including three who claimed they were sexually assaulted near the University of Manchester between Saturday September 21 and Saturday October 5.

The boy was given conditional bail and the case was adjourned until December 2.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said: "I am extremely grateful to the public for all the calls we received this weekend after putting an appeal out for information in connection with these incidents."

Anyone who has been a victim of a sexual assault or any other kind of sexual crime can call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.

An 18-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incidents has been bailed pending further inquiries.

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