A 14-year-old schoolboy was raped in public toilets just metres away from Bournemouth Pier over the weekend.
Cops have opened an urgent investigation and a man aged 51 has been arrested on suspicion of rape following the attack.
Officers said the incident occurred at 8:30am on Saturday, May 7, before they received a report later in the day.
Specially trained agents are offering support to the victim and his family following the ordeal and police have upped their presence in the area.
Detective Chief Inspector Ross Graham, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are doing all we can to support the victim in this case and his family is being kept fully updated.
“We are carrying out a detailed investigation into this matter and our enquiries remain ongoing.”
Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Darren Harris, of the BCP Local Policing Area, added: “We are continuing to work collaboratively with BCP Council and other partner agencies to ensure we have an increased visible presence along the seafront and these efforts will continue throughout the rest of the spring and summer.
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“Police officers, police community support offices, Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) officers and council staff can be approached by members of the public with any concerns.
“RNLI lifeguards and staff can also be approached, with their beach towers serving as a safe place to address concerns or seek further help.”
NHS support advises sexual assault victims to “remember that it was not your fault.”
The experts said: “There are services that can help if you've been sexually assaulted, raped or abused. You don't have to report the assault to the police if you don't want to. You may need time to think about what has happened to you.
“Sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) offer medical, practical and emotional support to anyone who has been raped sexually assaulted or abused. They have specially trained doctors, nurses and support workers to care for you. Help is available 24 hours a day.”
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