Boy, arrested in connection with rape at Bournemouth beach, released without charge

Bournemouth beach Credit: Library picture

A teenage boy arrested in connection with the reported rape of a girl in Bournemouth, has been released without charge.

A 15-year-old girl was with her friends in the sea near the Oceanarium on 18 July 2021.

She began talking to a boy, who allegedly pulled her out deeper into the sea and raped her.

Following enquiries by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, a 17-year-old boy from the Warwickshire area was arrested on the morning of Friday 24 September 2021.

He has now been released without charge. Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of MCIT, said: “We are continuing to support the victim in this case and have kept her fully updated.“Our investigation is ongoing and we will do all we can to identify the person responsible for this despicable crime. I would again urge anyone with information to please come forward. “As we have previously stated, we do have forensic evidence available that means we can quickly eliminate anyone who was not involved from our enquiries.”Anyone with information, images or footage relevant to the investigation are being asked to to submit it via the UK Police Major Incident Public Portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/55HQ21M71-PO1