A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl and sexually assaulting another in a Sunderland park.

A 16-year-old girl was raped and her 15-year-old friend indecently assaulted just before 7pm on Monday in Mowbray Park.

A police spokesman said 46-year-old is being held by detectives investigating the attacks, and helping with their inquiries.