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POLICE are renewing their appeal after a teenage girl was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Blackpool.
The incident happened on the cut through to Grange Park next to the Bowling Green off Garstang Road, Blackpool shortly after 9am on Thursday, June 14th.
Police now also believe the incident could be linked to an earlier assault in the same area on June 1st. On that occasion a teenage girl was approached at about 8.30am and grabbed by a man. The girl screamed and the offender ran off. No sexual assault took place on this occasion. They have released this Evofit in connection with that assault.
The offender in both incidents is described as a white male, 16-18 years, around 5' 9” tall with short blondish hair.
A 21 year old man who was arrested in connection with the incidents has been released without charge.
Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Barrow, who is leading the investigation, said: "We have two young girls who have been left traumatised by what has happened and so I would urge anyone who has any information at all about this incident to come forward and contact us if they have not already done so.
"We are also still very keen to speak to a man we believe may have been walking along the cut through, towards Garstang Road at the time of the offence who may have scared off the attacker – If you think that was you, please come forward, you could have information that is crucial to the investigation.
"We have a full investigation team working on this to establish what happened and to trace the offender and have produced an Evofit of the offender. I would urge people to take a look at the picture and see if it resembles someone you know or someone you have seen in the area”
Supt Stuart Noble said: "I would like to reassure people that offences such as this remain rare and high visibility patrols remain in the area to offer reassurance and as a point of contact should see anything suspicious or need to speak to an officer.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on the new non-emergency number 101 or alternatively, people can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.