A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a “horrific attack” on a 14-year-old girl on Sunday.
The girl was found with serious head injuries in Lewsey Park by a member of the public at 8.35pm.
Police and the Ambulance Service attended the scene and the young woman was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital before being transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where she remains in a serious condition.
Det Insp John Arthur said: “This was a horrific attack which has left a teenage girl with extremely serious head injuries and we are continuing to piece together exactly what happened last night.
“Lewsey Park is a busy area and it is highly likely that people would have been there between 7.30pm and 8.35pm and those people may hold some very important information about what has happened.
“I’d like to speak with anyone who was in the area and may have seen or heard something out of the ordinary. It may have seemed insignificant at the time, but even the smallest pieces of information could help us with our enquiries.”
A full search of the area has been carried out and Scenes of Crime Officers have also been at the location overnight. Detectives remain in the area and will be carrying out further searches as well as reviewing local CCTV footage.
The male, 15, who has been arrested in relation to this incident has been released on police bail to an address outside the county pending further investigation.
Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on 101 or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively they can contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.