Woman Targeted In Late Night Attack In Eastbourne

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Sussex Police
 

Eastbourne Police are searching for a man responsible for a late night sexual assault on a woman who was walking home.

The 32-year old woman was walking home having got off a bus from Brighton outside the Tally Ho pub in Old Town, Eastbourne, at about 11.30pm on Monday (11 April).

As she was arriving outside her address in Woodcroft Drive, about half an hour later, a man ran up, grabbed her, and carried out a sexual assault. She resisted him and, after a struaggle during which she screamed, he let go of her as neighbours’ lights were coming on, and ran away.

The woman was badly shaken and also sustained minor bruising.

The man was in his mid to late twenties, about 5'8", with short black hair. He was wearing a dark jumper with white lettering on the front or back.

Detective Sergeant Dave Tye said; "When she got off the bus the woman walked along Green Street, and right into Victoria Drive after crossing the road so she was the Sainsburys side of the road.

"She got to the Willingdon Road junction by the Willingdon Golf Club entrance road, crossed over the road and walked down the alleyway that leads into Woodcroft Drive.

"Although it was late at night we still think someone may have seen this man following her at some point."

Detectives are considering the possibility of a connection between this incident and similar previous incidents in Michel Grove on 16 February and in Upperton Road on 15 December last year, and had made public appeals for information in both cases.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1548 of 11/04.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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