A 15-year-old girl has reportedly been raped in the ocean in front of hundreds of unaware beachgoers.
Police are desperately hunting a boy, 17, after the attack in Bournemouth, Dorset, as temperatures soared on Sunday, July 18.
The girl was playing with a ball in the water with her friends when it landed in front of a teenage boy.
He 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 he raped her.
The shocking incident happened on what was the hottest day of the year when the beach was packed.
The offender told the schoolgirl he was 17-years-old and was from Birmingham.
He is described as possibly of Pakistani descent, with tanned skin and short dark hair that was pushed back and looked freshly trimmed.
He was between five feet and five feet seven inches tall and of a thin but muscular build, and he was wearing black or grey swimming shorts.
Detectives investigating the attack, which occurred at around 3.30pm near the Oceanarium, are urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
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 inquiries.
“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 online, via email via phone.
Alternatively, people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously online or by phone.
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