DETECTIVES are investigating possible leads in the hunt for a sex attacker who is targeting young schoolgirls.
Police say names have been given to them by members of the public after the man attacked a 13-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her on Talbot Road, Layton, at 1pm on Friday, July 20.
Police only revealed details of the incident on Friday.
It comes as a man is also wanted in connection with dragging a 15-year-old girl into bushes in Layton’s Kingscote Park on August 11 at 5.30pm.
Det Sgt Jane Atkinson, of Blackpool CID, says they have started to follow-up leads.
She told The Gazette: “I have had some people ring up and give us names which we will be following up, but we are still searching for information.
“Our investigation is far from over and if anyone else has information they should come forward as soon as possible.
“The patrolling plan in place will continue today and tomorrow, but I can’t say how long that will go on for because it depends on the information we receive.”
The man wanted in connection with July’s sexual assault is described as white, aged in his mid to late 20s, of medium athletic build, around 5ft 9in tall with thin, dark brown eyes, short dark hair and clear complexion.
He was wearing a black leather waist length jacket, blue jeans with a brown belt, white trainers with a stripe and gloves when the attack happened.
Barbara Lund, headteacher of Unity College Blackpool, on nearby Warbreck Hill Road, is warning young girls to be vigilant.
She said: “Fortunately, in my experience, serious incidents walking to and from school are very rare but when there are known issues of concern it is important we are especially diligent and follow advice.
“Common sense needs to be applied at all times which includes ensuring family and school are made aware of any changes of routine.
“Use the safest and most direct route to and from school, walking to and from school with either friends or family.”
Call Lancashire Police on 101 with any information.