Teenager arrested after girl, 15, was dragged off busy beach and raped in the sea

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A message reading 'Save Lives' is seen on Bournemouth Pier as people enjoy the hot weather on the beach, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Bournemouth, Britain, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Bournemouth beach was filled with holidaymakers when the alleged attack took place (REUTERS)

A 17-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a girl, 15, reported being pulled into the sea and attacked.

The boy, from Warwickshire, was arrested following a public appeal and the release of an e-fit on BBC One's Crimewatch Live.

The incident took place near Bournemouth pier on 18 July while the beach was packed with holidaymakers.

Police said the boy was "assisting detectives with their enquiries".

A statement issued by Dorset Police read: "A 15-year-old girl was with friends in the sea near to the Oceanarium when she began talking to a teenage boy. 

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Police patrol the beach on June 25, 2020 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. A major incident was declared by the local council as thousands flocked to Bournemouth and the Dorset coast. The UK is experiencing a summer heatwave, with temperatures in many parts of the country expected to rise above 30C and weather warnings in place for thunderstorms at the end of the week. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
Police investigating the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl on Bournemouth beach have made an arrest (Getty)

"The boy allegedly pulled her out deeper into the sea, where he is reported to have raped her."

Detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team launched an investigation into the incident. 

The attacker reportedly told his victim he was aged 17 and had travelled to the Dorset coast from Birmingham.

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He was described as having tanned skin, between 5ft and 5ft 7ins tall and of a thin but muscular build with short dark hair.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of MCIT, previously said police had "obtained forensic evidence" that meant they could "eliminate anyone who was not involved" from their enquiries.

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