15 year old girl raped in Blackpool park

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a 15 year old girl was raped in a park in Blackpool.

Between 8.45pm and 11.30pm on Friday 24th January, the teenager has been walking home from a friend’s house along Claremont Road, near to the junction with Devonshire Road when she has become engaged in conversation with a man.

They have walked together through Claremont Park when the man has forced her towards some goalposts in the park and subjected her to the serious sexual assault.

The man is described as being white, between 5ft6 and 6ft tall, aged in his early twenties with dark hair and was wearing dark clothing. He did not speak with a local accent.

DCI Andy Gilbert said: “This was a terrifying incident for the young girl involved and she is now being supported by specially trained officers.

“An investigation is now underway and I would appeal to anybody who has any information about this incident to come forward.

“I would be keen to speak with anyone who may have seen a man in the area matching the description given by the girl. Even the smallest amount of information could prove to be crucial.”

“I would reassure people that we are treating this as an isolated incident and police patrols have been increased in the area.”

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or 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.