Police are today continuing to investigate the rape of a young girl who was led down to the beach in Blackpool before she was attacked.
Detectives say the 14-year-old, who was on holiday in the resort, walked towards North Pier with a man she met at an off-licence on Talbot Road before she was subjected to the horrifying late-night ordeal.
News of the incident has shocked traders in the resort, with one councillor calling for the offender to be locked up.
Peter Sedgwick, who owns North Pier, said the horrific attack was the talk of the town after police went public with their appeal for information.
He said several rumours had been flying around about what happened that night.
The details of the incident are still being investigated, but police say they believe the girl, from Coventry, went willingly to the beach with her attacker before he turned on her.
“It was a bit of a talking point that day,” Mr Sedgwick added.
“We got quite a few different stories.
“But I can’t understand what a 14-year-old girl was doing there late at night.”
Detectives say the incident happened between 10pm and 11pm on August 24, after the victim met a man in the News and Booze store on Talbot Road.
The pair then made their way to the beach, where he allegedly raped her.
Coun Ian Coleman, who represents the Talbot ward, said new of the incident came as a shock.
He added: “It’s horrible, what has happened. I hope they get him.”
Police say they are taking the case “very seriously” and are keen to speak to witnesses who may be able to help with their inquiries.
They originally appealed for a man seen with the victim after the attack to come forward as he may hold vital clues.
The man, who spoke with an Irish accent, was spotted with the teenager at around 11.30pm.
He is described as white, in his early 20s and dark-haired.
He is thought to have been wearing blue jeans, white trainers and a red checked shirt or a purple hoody.
Police said last night there have so far been no arrests in the investigation.
Anyone who was in the area at the time or saw anything suspicious is asked to call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.