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Police have released an e-fit of a teenager after a girl was raped in the sea in front of a packed beach of holidaymakers.
The tragic victim, who is only 15, was pulled into deeper water by her sick attacker as she played with friends in Bournemouth, Dorset, on one of the hottest days of the year.
Police have launched a proper into the sex attack, which happened in front of thousands of unsuspecting beachgoers.
Today, police have released an image of a boy with spiky hair and stubble – they are urging anyone who recognises the individual to come forward.
The horrific incident unfolded at around 3:30pm on July 18, when the victim and her friends were playing in the water located close to the popular pier.
The girls' ball landed in front of the teenage boy, who then threw it back and began chatting to the young victim.
He then dragged her out into the water and raped her.
Police searching for the attacker say he told the victim he was 17 and travelling to Birmingham. They believe he lives in the West Midland city.
Detectives say they understand the 17-year-old is of Pakistani descent and is around five feet seven inches tall, with a thin, muscular build.
He has short, dark hair and it appeared to be freshly cut.
He was wearing black or grey swimming shorts.
Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of Dorset Police, said: “The victim is continuing to be supported by officers and we have been carrying out a large number of enquiries into this incident.
“As part of our investigation we have obtained forensic evidence that means we will be able to eliminate anyone who was not involved from our enquiries.
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“We have now obtained an e-fit image of the suspect and I would urge anyone who recognises him to please get in touch.
“We have also received a number of reports of young Asian men approaching female beachgoers on the date of the incident, some of whom may have exchanged messages on Snapchat.
"I would urge anyone who has exchanged Snapchat messages with someone who approached them on the beach that day to please make contact with us as it may assist our investigation.
“In addition I would like to renew our appeal to 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.”
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Neighbourhood Inspector Darren Harris, of Bournemouth police, said that locals will be worried at the news – but have assured that patrols on the beach have been stepped up for the summer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police online, via email at [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210115587.
Alternatively, people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously online call 0800 555 111.
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