Poster appeal in sex attacker hunt

Police on Grange Park are handing out leaflets appealing for information on the sex attacker who struck on the Blackpool estate

Police on Grange Park are handing out leaflets appealing for information on the sex attacker who struck on the Blackpool estate

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POLICE have flooded parts of Blackpool as the hunt intensifies for a sick rapist who preyed on teenage girls.

Businesses in Layton and Grange Park have been asked to display the posters in their windows while officers have also been talking to residents in the area, especially during school run times.

It comes after detectives linked two attacks on teenage girls in an alleyway leading to the housing estate, next to the bowling green, off Garstang Road.

In the latest incident, which happened on June 14, a girl was raped after being grabbed on the path.

A couple of weeks earlier, a girl was grabbed by a man on June 1 who ran off when the girl screamed.

The incident has sparked a major police manhunt with officers desperate for the public’s help to track him down.

PCSO Jason Pritchard, from Blackpool Police, has been handing out posters featuring a computer generated image of the man police believe carried out the attacks.

He said: “We have been around all the shops and businesses in Grange Park and Layton.

“We also went to Play Football near Collegiate High School.

“They have been great and really helpful – they have put the posters and leaflets in their windows and on their counters.

“We have been speaking to people on the streets and we did a lot of reassurance work around Boundary Park when the kids were coming home from school.

“People are pleased to see the reassuring presence.”

The sex attacker preyed on both vulnerable youngsters in the same area, at around the same time – between 8.30am and 9am on the dates in question.

The traumatised girls are now being looked after by specially trained officers.

A 21-year-old man who was initially arrested in connection with the incidents has since been released without charge.

The offender in both incidents is described as a white male, aged 16 to 18-years-old, and around 5ft 9in tall with short blondish hair.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward and contact them.

They can call Blackpool Police on new non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.