Boy who was arrested over rape of girl, 15, is released without charge

Boy, 17, who was arrested over rape of 15-year-old girl in front of thousands of sun-seekers at Bournemouth beach is released without charge

  • Boy, 17, from Warwickshire is released without charge following arrest
  • The shocking rape was alleged to have taken place near Bournemouth Pier 
  • Dorset police have ‘vowed to identify the offender and bring him to justice’

A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl in the sea in front of thousands of people at Bournemouth beach has been released without charge.

The suspect was detained by police following an e-fit appeal on BBC One’s Crimewatch Live.

The victim was in the sea playing with friends when a ball landed in front of a teenage boy.

He threw it back but began talking to the schoolgirl before allegedly pulling her out into deeper water close to Bournemouth Pier, Dorset.

Despite the crowds of people in the water and on the pier, the young man then allegedly raped the girl under the cover of the water on July 18. 

The attack happened in the sea off Bournemouth on Sunday July 18 (pictured, a file photo of the beach on the day)

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy from Warwickshire last Friday on suspicion of rape.

However, after being questioned by detectives the young man was released without charge. 

Dorset police have vowed to identify the offender and bring him to justice.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of Dorset police, said: ‘We are continuing to support the victim in this case and have kept her fully updated.

‘Our investigation is ongoing and we will do all we can to identify the person responsible for this despicable crime. I would again urge anyone with information to please come forward.

‘As we have previously stated, we do have forensic evidence available that means we can quickly eliminate anyone who was not involved from our enquiries.’

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