Witness appeal after 14 year old boy is sexual assaulted in Blackpool
POLICE are appealing for information following the sexual assault of a 14 year old boy in Blackpool.
The incident has taken place sometime between midnight and 1am on Sunday 17th November when the boy has left a house party in Marton.
The boy has been walking alone along Common Edge Road near to the Highfield pub where he has met a man who has engaged him in conversation.
The victim has then walked with the man towards Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church where he was sexually assaulted in the church grounds.
The man is described as white, aged in his mid-30s and around 5ft9 or 5ft10 tall. He had a large stomach and short black and grey spiked hair and stubble. He was wearing a blue and white horizontal striped jumper, dark trousers and shoes and spoke with a local accent.
CCTV and forensic enquires are underway but police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Inspector Nick Connaughton from Blackpool CID said: “We are at the early stages of an investigation and are still trying to establish exactly what has happened.
“Any report of sexual assault incredibly serious, especially when the victim is a 14 year old boy. I would appeal to anybody that thinks they may have witnessed anything that could assist police with their investigation to come forward.
We believe the man involved is local and may have been drinking or socialising in area prior to the incident so I would urge people to consider the description above and if anyone thinks they have seen this man or knows who he could be I would urge them to call police.
“I would also appeal directly to the man involved to make contact with police so we can understand exactly what has happened.
“I’d reassure people that we believe this is an isolated incident and patrols have been increased in the area.
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Lancashire Police on 101.
People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.