KEY POINTS

  • Incident took place at England's Bournemouth beach Sunday afternoon
  • The victim's and her friends' ball landed in front of the suspect
  • The suspect threw the ball back to the group and talked to the victim before raping her

A 15-year-old girl has been allegedly raped by a 17-year-old boy who pulled her into the sea at a busy beach in England.

The victim and her friends were playing at the Bournemouth beach Wednesday afternoon when their ball landed in front of the suspect, police said. The boy threw the ball back to the group and initiated a conversation with the victim. Afterward, he allegedly pulled the girl deeper into the sea and raped her, reported BBC News.

A police complaint was registered following the incident. According to the victim, the suspect told her he was 17-years-old and was traveling to Birmingham.

Police are now on the lookout for the suspect, who may be of Pakistani descent with tanned skin. He is reportedly around 5 feet and 7 inches tall and has a thin-but-muscular physique. He has short dark hair, which is pulled back and appears freshly trimmed. He was last seen wearing grey swimming shorts.

"A full investigation is underway into this incident and we are continuing to support the victim while we carry out inquiries," Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour said as per Manchester Evening News.

While speaking to the publication and urging witnesses to help track down the suspect, Seymour said, "I know that the beach was very busy on the day of the incident so I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed what happened to please come forward. Also, I would urge anyone who was on the beach in the vicinity of the Oceanarium to check any photographs or video footage taken to see if they have captured anything of relevance." 

"This incident will understandably cause concern for the wider community and we would like to remind the public that officers from the local neighborhood policing team will be carrying out patrols in the area and can be approached with any concerns," he added.

Anyone with any information about the incident or the suspect is requested to contact Dorset Police by sending an email to 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101 and quoting the occurrence number 55210115587. Witnesses who want to remain anonymous can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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