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Woman ‘raped on Blackpool seafront’ in horrific attack as police launch manhunt and release key details

Woman ‘raped on Blackpool seafront’ in horrific attack as police launch manhunt and release key details

Police have launched a manhunt after a woman was allegedly raped on a beach in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services were sent to Blackpool Promenade at around 3.30am today after frantic calls about the horror.

A manhunt has been launched after a woman claimed she was attacked in BlackpoolPhoto credit: Getty

Lancashire Police are now hoping to speak to a man described as tall, Asian and in his mid-30s.

Police said the man was wearing multi-colored flared pants, a short-sleeved top and a black durag.

The woman claimed the attack took place after 1.30am in the promenade area between the Blue Water Hotel and the North Pier.

Police are now asking anyone with information to come forward.

Det Insp Liam Davy, of West CID, said this evening: “This is a serious crime and we are working hard to identify the person responsible.”

“The victim is being looked after by specially trained officers.

“We know this may be alarming, but we would like to reassure you that we have launched an investigation and have increased targeted patrols in the area while the investigation is ongoing.

“We are now turning to you and asking for your help. If you have dashcam or CCTV footage, or if you saw anything suspicious or a man matching the description above in the area between Blue Water Hotel and the North Pier between midnight and 3:30am this morning, please take Contact us.”

You can call 101 quoting log number 0134 of May 16.

Help after rape and sexual assault

The NHS says if you have been sexually abused it is important to remember that it was not your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don’t be afraid to get help.

There are services that can help if you have been sexually assaulted, raped or abused. You don’t have to report the assault to the police if you don’t want to. You may need time to think about what happened to you.

However, consider seeking medical attention as soon as possible for any injuries, as you may be at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you want the crime to be solved, the sooner a forensic examination takes place, the better.

Try not to wash or change your clothing immediately after a sexual assault. This can destroy forensic evidence that could be important if you decide to report the attack to the police.

Where you can get help

Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARCs) provide medical, practical and emotional support for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused. SARCs have specially trained doctors, nurses and support staff to care for you.

You can get help from a SARC by making an appointment with the nearest SARC.

Other places you can get help include: