Sex attack on boy in church grounds

Police outside the church in Marton yesterday.
Police outside the church in Marton yesterday.
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Police have launched an investigation following reports a teenage boy was sexually assaulted in the grounds of a Blackpool church.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church in Marton was cordoned off by police yesterday morning. Police say the boy, whose exact age has not been revealed, was sexually assaulted in the grounds of the church, on Common Edge Road, between midnight and 1am on Sunday.

Detectives were speaking to the boy yesterday to get a more detailed picture of what happened. No arrests have been made.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “An investigation is underway following reports that a teenage boy was sexually assaulted on Common Edge Road in Blackpool.”

Clergy at the Roman Catholic church told The Gazette today that they only became aware of the incident when police taped off the area yesterday morning.

Father Joseph Nnabugwu, parochial administrator at the church, said: “I don’t know what’s happened.

“The church was cordoned off by police on Monday morning.

“I’ve asked police when they came to the door and they said it’s a crime scene and wouldn’t discuss anything further.

“Whatever has happened, it [happened] between the church hall and the fence.”

The investigation caused some disruptions to services at the church yesterday.

Father Nnabugwu added: “Of course, this affects our church.

“No-one can come into the church or leave, everything was taped off.

“I have had to phone people to tell them the church was cordoned off.”

Anyone with any information that could assist police is urged to contact Lancashire Police on 101.

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