Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man on suspicion of raping a teenage girl on Weymouth beach.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the reported attack on the beach near to the public toilets by the King’s Statue between 10pm and 11pm on Saturday August 14.
Police said two 16-year-old girls were first approached in the town centre by a group of men who began to walk with them towards the sea.
While they were on the beach, it is reported one of the 16-year-old female victims was raped.
It was reported that one of the suspects also attempted to sexually assault the second girl.
Following police enquiries, a 14-year-old boy from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of rape.
A 19-year-old man from Norfolk was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
They have both been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Det Sgt Gareth Jones, of Weymouth CID, said: “Specialist officers are providing support to both of the victims and we are carrying out a thorough and detailed investigation into the incident.
“I am appealing to anyone who was on the beach around the relevant time and witnessed the incident, or may have any information to assist our enquiries, to please come forward.
“We understand that reports of this nature will undoubtedly cause concern for the wider community. Members of the public can approach local officers with any information or concerns.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210131452.