An investigation is under way after a 15-year-old girl who was enjoying the weekend heatwave in Bournemouth was raped in the sea.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened on Sunday at about 3.30pm near the Oceanarium.
The girl was playing with a ball with her friends when it landed in front of the boy. He returned it to the group before striking up a conversation with the girl.
After telling the girl that he was 17 and on his way to Birmingham, he reportedly pulled her further into the sea, where he allegedly raped her.
He was described as having tanned skin and possibly being of Pakistani descent.
He was 5ft (152cm) and 5ft 7in (170cm) with a thin-but-muscular build. He had short dark hair which was pushed back and was wearing black or grey swimming trunks.
As well as appealing for witnesses, police are asking beach-goers to check their photographs and videos in case they unwittingly caught any evidence of the attack.
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Det Insp Wayne Seymour, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “A full investigation is under way into this incident and we are continuing to support the victim while we carry out enquiries.
“I know that the beach was very busy on the day of the incident so I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed what happened to please come forward
“Also, I would urge anyone who was on the beach in the vicinity of the Oceanarium to check any photographs or video footage taken to see if they have captured anything of relevance.”
His statement added: “I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who recognises the boy from the description given or may have seen him on the beach on Sunday, July 18.
“This incident will understandably cause concern for the wider community and we would like to remind the public that officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be carrying out patrols in the area and can be approached with any concerns."
Information about this incident can be passed to police via www.dorset.police.uk, by emailing [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55210115587. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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