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Man, 22, charged with Claremont rape

Goalposts at Claremont Park, scene of a horrific rape of a 15 year old girl on Friday.

Goalposts at Claremont Park, scene of a horrific rape of a 15 year old girl on Friday.

A 22 year old man has made his first appearance at court charged with raping a schoolgirl in a park.

Blake Richens of Bond Street,Blackpool is charged with raping the 15 year old in the resort’s Claremont Park on Friday January 24.

He is also accused of sexually assaulting the same girl.

Deputy District Judge James Hattong sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court sent Richens for trial at Preston Crown Court where he will make his first appearance on February 20.

Richens was remanded in custody.

His lawyer Steven Townley said his client denied both offences and would make a bail application before a Crown Court judge.

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