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Sergeant Gareth Jones, Weymouth Criminal Investigation Department, said: “Specialist officers are providing support to the two victims and we are conducting a thorough and detailed investigation of the incident.
“ I call on anyone who has been on the beach at the relevant time and witnessed the incident, or who may have information to assist in our inquiries, to come forward.
‘We understand that reports of this nature will undoubtedly cause concern in the wider community.
“Members of the public can approach local officials with any information or concerns.”
Meanwhile, eight miles away in Dorchester, Dorset, a woman was allegedly raped in an alley.
A cordon was placed on the outskirts of South Street Passage after Dorset police were told the woman in her 30s was raped around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
The boy, from Gloucester, was arrested on suspicion of rape, while the 19-year-old from Norfolk is under investigation on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
It comes after the two girls, both 16, were accosted by two men in Weymouth town center before being followed to the beach where they were attacked, Dorset police said.
It happened between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, near the public baths next to the Statue of the King, a well-known local monument.
The force said it received reports that a short time before, two men approached the two 16-year-old girls in the city center and started walking together towards the beach.
While on the beach, police say one of the 16-year-old girls was reportedly raped while one of the suspects attempted to sexually assault the second girl.
Detectives are now asking for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
Dorset Police Detective Inspector Sarah Gillion said: “A full investigation is underway and several investigations are underway, including conducting CCTV scans of the surrounding area.
The agents are conducting investigations with the victim to provide support, learn all the details and establish the location of the incident.
“I appeal to anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity downtown at the relevant time to come forward.
“Anyone in the community can approach local officials in the area with any concerns.”
Anyone with information should contact the Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, by email email@example.com or by calling 101.
You must cite reference number 55210131452 for the Weymouth incident or 55210130995 for the Dorchester incident.