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Man arrested after attack on schoolgirl

Claremont Park, Blackpool, where a 15-year-old girl was raped.

Claremont Park, Blackpool, where a 15-year-old girl was raped.

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of rape after a serious sexual assault in a Blackpool park.

A 15-year-old girl was attacked by a man who started talking to her as she walked along Claremont Road near Devonshire Road between 8.45pm and 11.30pm on Friday.

The pair walked together through Claremont Park, where the man forced her towards some goalposts in the park and subjected her to the assault.

Det Chief Insp Andy Gilbert, of Lancashire Police, 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.”

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.

Read how The Gazette broke the story: MANHUNT AFTER SCHOOLGIRL RAPED

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