Girl, 15, raped in the sea off coast of packed beach with police hunting teenage boy

The incident happened at about 3.30pm in the sea off Bournemouth beach on Sunday (file photo) (Image: PA)

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A 15-year-old girl has been raped in the sea off a packed UK beach with police hunting a 17-year-old boy, police said.

The incident happened at about 3.30pm in the sea off Bournemouth beach near to the Oceanarium on Sunday July 18.

The victim was with her friends playing with a ball when it landed in front of a teenage boy, police said.

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.

Detectives investigating the report are asking for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

A release by Dorset Police says: "The offender told the victim that he was 17 years old and was travelling to Birmingham.

"He is described as possibly of Pakistani descent and with tanned skin, between five feet and five feet seven inches tall and of a thin but muscular build with short dark hair that was pushed back and looked freshly trimmed."

He was wearing black or grey swimming shorts, the statement added.

People enjoying the hot weather at Bournemouth Beach in Dorset a couple of days after the incident (file photo)
(Image: PA)

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.

“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.

“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 18 July.

“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."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210115587.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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