Investigation launched after teenager raped at beach

Detectives investigating the rape are asking witnesses to come forward. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Detectives from Dorset Police who are investigating a report of a rape at Bournemouth beach are asking for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

The incident happened around 3.30pm in the sea off Bournemouth beach near to the Oceanarium on Sunday. The victim, a 15-year-old girl, was with her friends playing with a ball when it landed in front of a teenage boy.The boy eventually threw it back to one of the group and then began talking to the victim, before pulling her out deeper into the sea where it is reported that he raped her.

The offender told the victim that he was 17 years old and was travelling to Birmingham.

The offender told the victim that he was 17-years-old and was travelling to Birmingham. Credit: ITV News Meridian

He is described as possibly of Pakistani descent and with tanned skin. He stood between five feet and five feet seven inches tall and had thin but muscular build.

He also had short dark hair that was pushed back and looked freshly trimmed and was wearing black or grey swimming shorts.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “A full investigation is underway 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.

Police say extra patrols will be carried out in the area to reassure the public.