A 14-year-old boy has been raped by the pier of a popular British seaside resort sending shockwaves through the local community.
The incident is believed to have occurred around 8.30am on Saturday, with the toilets being closed afterwards.
Dorset Police received reports later in the day and have arrested a 51-year-old man from Bournemouth on suspicion of rape.
The victim and his family are being supported by specially trained officers and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Detective Chief Inspector Ross Graham, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are doing all we can to support the victim in this case and his family is being kept fully updated.
“We are carrying out a detailed investigation into this matter and our enquiries remain ongoing.”
Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Darren Harris, of the BCP Local Policing Area, said: “We are continuing to work collaboratively with BCP Council and other partner agencies to ensure we have an increased visible presence along the seafront and these efforts will continue throughout the rest of the spring and summer.
“Police officers, police community support offices, Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) officers and council staff can be approached by members of the public with any concerns. RNLI lifeguards and staff can also be approached, with their beach towers serving as a safe place to address concerns or seek further help.”