A medical professional has today (Tuesday, 21st March) been arrested by police as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
On Tuesday 14th March Police were contacted by the hospital who reported to us a number of allegations of sexual assault on staff members had been made to them.
Following enquiries, a man has today (Tuesday 21st March) has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. He is currently in custody.
The man, a medical professional at the hospital, has been suspended by the health trust.
We recognise this arrest, and the nature of the allegations, may cause alarm and distress but want to reassure the public a thorough and transparent investigation is ongoing.
Detective Chief Insp Lee Wilson, of Lancashire Police, said: ‘We have today arrested a man in connection with a number of serious allegations. I recognise the concern this news may cause both within the hospital and in the wider community but please be reassured we have a dedicated team of officers working to establish what has occurred.
These are complex and sensitive allegations which we are committed to investigating professionally and thoroughly. We are offering support to those involved and they are being updated throughout the process by trained officers. If you have any information which might assist with our enquiries, please do come forward and speak to police.
Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting log 1138 of March 14th.
Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.