AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a 14-year-old boy was raped in the public toilets at Bournemouth Pier.

The toilets were closed following the incident, which happened sometime between 8.30am and 8.45am on Saturday, May 7.

Dorset Police received reports of the incident later that day.

Following enquiries, a 51-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

A full investigation is ongoing led by detectives from Bournemouth CID and specially trained officers are continuing to provide support to the boy and his family.

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.”