A 51-year-old man has been arrested after a schoolboy was raped in public toilets just yards from Bournemouth Pier.
The 14-year-old was attacked at the seaside resort in Dorset between 8.30am and 8.45am on Saturday.
Police were alerted later in the day and arrested the man from Bournemouth on suspicion of rape.
There is an increased police presence in the area and the boy and his family are receiving support from specially trained officers.
An investigation is under way after a 14-year-old boy was raped in the public toilets at one of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts
The horrific incident took place at Bournemouth Pier in Dorset between 8.30am and 8.45am on Saturday
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 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.’
Last July, a 15 year-old girl was dragged into the sea and raped by a teenage boy in front of thousands of people at Bournemouth Beach on one of the hottest days of the year.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.