Police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with a sexual assault on a child in Eastbourne Old Town on Tuesday, 19 September.
The man, from Eastbourne, was arrested on suspicion of assault of a girl under 13 by touching and has since been released under investigation.
At about 4pm lasy Tuesday (19 September), three girls were walking together in Northiam Road. The 11-year-old victim stopped to tie her shoelace close to the junction with Longland Road, when a man is reported to have come from behind and touched her inappropriately.
The girl screamed and the suspect ran from the scene along Longland Road.
He is described as white, about 5’10” and of skinny build. He had dark brown shoulder-length greasy hair and stubble, and was wearing a grey hoody, blue jeans, and black and white trainers.
Detective Constable Dan Thomson said, “The three girls – the victim in particular – were left understandably distressed following this incident.
“It happened in broad daylight in a built up area of town, and it is likely there will have been lots of people in the area at the time. We’re appealing for anyone who saw what happened or who has CCTV in the area, to contact us.
“We have been carrying out increased patrols in the area as enquiries continue.”
Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting Operation Enford.
Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.