A teenager’s been sexually assaulted in Eastbourne.
The 15-year-old girl was walking home along Ringwood Road at around 9.30pm on Sunday 1 May when she was approached by a man in a car, who offered her a lift. She refused and asked another man for help, who advised her not to get into the car and to call the police.
Meanwhile, the first man parked his car and continued to pester the girl before attempting to embrace and fondle her. She managed to break free and run home.
Police would like to trace the man the girl spoke to just before the attack, as he may have key information. He’s described as tall and was with a young boy in pyjamas and was walking a puppy.
Officers would also like to find a woman who may have spoken to the suspect driver the following day. It’s thought that at around 4am Bank Holiday Monday (2 May), he talked to her after stopping his car in South Street.
She is described as a white woman in her late teens or early 20s, 5' 5", of slim build and with long dark hair. She was wearing a black top or jacket, and quite distinctive white ‘shiny’ trousers with black patches on them. She was also carrying a large black handbag.
Detective Constable Dan Thomson, of East Sussex CID, said: "House-to-house enquiries have failed to identify the man from whom the girl sought help but I would like to trace him as a potential witness. The boy he was with was around eight years old and was wearing pyjamas. They had a young dog with them.
"I’m also keen to trace the young lady. It's not known whether or not she lives in South Street She may not have thought that anything about her exchange with the suspect was unusual, but she may still be a key witness. I’d encourage her, or anyone who recognises her description, to get in touch."
Anyone able to help is asked to email email@example.com or phone 101, quoting serial 1510 of 01/05. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and bailed until 24 June pending further enquiries.