A teenage girl has vanished after reports that she walked into the sea in Blackpool.

The 17-year-old was last seen early on Sunday morning just after 4:20am, and there's been no sign of her since.

A Coastguard rescue team went out into the water, but despite extensive searches of the area nothing was found of her.

Some blood was found on the pier, however Blackpool Police are unsure if it's connected to the teenager's alleged disappearance.

Officers say they've spoken with the person who saw her last. They didn't witness the girl going into the sea, but had been speaking with her for a short time before leaving the scene.

A witness said they spoke with the girl near the pier in Blackpool before she vanished
A witness said they spoke with the girl near the pier in Blackpool before she vanished

When they returned she was gone, sparking fears she had walked into the ocean.

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have seen the teenager around 4:20am on Sunday or later to come forward.

She is described as having long dark hair and was wearing dark jeans, a dark grey top and possibly dark trainers at the time of her disappearance.

Blackpool Police are appealing for sightings of the teenager around or after 4:20am on Sunday

It is thought she lives in South Shore, possibly with her grandparents.

Ch Insp Eric Halford, of Blackpool Police, said: "I know an incident like this will be of concern to the public, but at this stage we are trying to establish exactly what has happened.

"At present we are investigating a number of possible scenarios and one is that the female has left of her own accord, maybe simply returning home.

It's thought the girl lives in South Shore with her grandparents
It's thought the girl lives in South Shore with her grandparents

"However, we urgently need to find the female described and I would ask anyone who may have seen her, or anybody with dashcam or CCTV footage from the area, to contact police as soon as possible.

"If the female described sees this appeal, I would also ask her to get in touch with us."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log 0309 of August 9, 2020.