Lancashire

Man accused of raping Blackpool schoolgirl in park

A 22-year-old man has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl in a Blackpool park.

Blake Richens, of Bond Street, Blackpool, is accused of rape and sexual assault, a Lancashire Police spokesman said.

Mr Richens was remanded in custody by Blackpool Magistrates' Court to appear at Preston Crown Court on 20 February.

The charges relate to an alleged attack in Claremont Park on Friday.

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