AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a boy was reportedly sexual assaulted in a public toilets block in Bournemouth.

Officers are carrying out enquiries following reports of the incident at the block in Southbourne Overcliff Drive near Southbourne Crossroads on Friday morning.

A man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and released on police bail as detectives continue their investigations.

A Dorset Police spokesperson: "Dorset Police received a report that at around 9.30am on Friday, June 17, a 14-year-old boy had been sexually assaulted by being touched over clothing in public toilets on Southbourne Overcliff Drive in Bournemouth.

"A 36-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested in relation to the incident.

"He has been released on police bail as detectives carry out further enquiries."

Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Darren Harris, of the BCP Local Policing Area, said: “I understand incidents such as this will be of concern to the community and officers from the local neighbourhood policing teams will continue to carry out their daily patrols to provide a reassuring presence to the public.

“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.”

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