A 13-year-old girl has been grabbed by a man as she was walking in Eastbourne Old Town.
She was in Cherry Garden Road at around 5.20pm yesterday (16 May), when a man grabbed her from behind causing her to fall to the ground. He then reached inside her jacket as if to take something but was disturbed by a passing car pulling up beside them. He ran off in the direction of Sancroft Road empty handed.
The attacker is described as a white man, approximately 6' 1" and of skinny build with dark brown hair. He was aged between 18 and 22 years, had a pale complexion and stubble on his face. He wore a black baseball cap, blue jogging bottoms, a grey T-shirt and blue Nike trainers. As he ran away he lost one of his trainers which was recovered by police close to the scene.
Detective Inspector Andy Eggleton said, "This incident is currently being treated as an attempted robbery. Anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen someone matching the suspect's description is asked to report online or call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1162 of 16/05. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."