Dogging warning on town footpath

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Police have vowed to patrol a Lytham beauty spot after it emerged the area was being used by people for ‘dogging’ – the practice of meeting strangers for sex.

Lytham Coun Mark Bamforth said one of his ward residents had been left traumatised after reporting what she believed was a serious sexual assault taking place in Green Drive.

He said: “The matter was reported to police but it now appears the area is being used for dogging, and advertised as such on the internet. It is close to two schools and is a popular walk for families – we don’t want this sort of thing going on here at all.”

Insp Mark Thackwray Scott said: “It has been reported to us and we’re including the area in extra patrols.

“We did go to the scene and will continue to monitor any sites that are reported to us.

“We have had issues in the past on Fairhaven Lake car park and the sand dunes, but we have been patrolling the areas and speaking to people, and carrying out plain clothes patrols, and we have had no real issues to face this year.”