Arrest in sex attacks inquiry

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POLICE have arrested a man in connection with a string of sex attacks.

Officers swooped to detain the man yesterday afternoon – but have stressed their hunt for the Layton attacker is not yet over.

The arrested man’s name was one of several given to police as a direct result of appeals in The Gazette.

But Det Insp Tony Baxter, head of Blackpool Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “As a result of the press appeals several names of potential suspects have been passed to the police.

“One man has been arrested.

“However, we still need more information.

“The matter is not resolved and we still need people to come forward.”

The attacker is believed to have struck at least 14 times in Layton since March, targeting school children predominantly around Layton cemetery.

Police issued an evo-fit in the summer after two girls were attacked in July and August.

A 13-year-old was pushed to the ground by a man on Talbot Road and a 15-year-old dragged into the bushes in Kingscote Park.

Both managed to fight off their attacker and escape.

And this week detectives were able to release CCTV footage of the suspect after an 11-year-old boy and girl were flashed in the cemetery on November 7.

The man was described as being around 35, 5ft 9ins tall and was wearing dark tracksuits bottoms and hooded tracksuit top.

Anyone with information can contact Blackpool Police on 101.