Police have launched an investigation after reports a woman was raped in Blackpool

Officers were called to a report of the rape of a woman at around 3.30am this morning (May 16).

It is reported that the rape happened between 1.30am and 3am, in the promenade area, between the Blue Water Hotel, and the North Pier.

Detectives are investigating and officers we are now asking for your help.

Police would like to speak to a man, described as being a tall Asian man in his mid-30s, slim, wearing multi-coloured flared trousers, a short sleeve top and a black Durag, in connection with the investigation.

Detective inspector, Liam Davy, of West CID said: “This is a serious offence, and we are working hard to identify the person [allegedly] responsible.

“The victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

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

“We’re now reaching out to you, to ask for your help. If you have any dashcam or CCTV footage, or if you saw anything suspicious, or a man matching the above description in the area between Blue Water Hotel and the North Pier between midnight and 3.30am this morning, please get in touch.”

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