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Witnesses sought following rape of woman at East Worthing

News   •   Sep 09, 2019 15:43 BST

Police are seeking witnesses after a woman was raped on the seafront in East Worthing.

The 26-year-old victim was walking along New Parade off the A259 Brighton Road, East Worthing, near the Splash Point building site, shortly before 10.30pm on Sunday (8 September) when she was approached by a man who initially asked directions but then took her to the beach and raped her.

The man then left the area on foot.

The woman sought help from a passer-by and the police were informed. She is currently receiving support from specialist officers.

Detective Sergeant Ed Bohnet of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "This appears to be an isolated incident, and not part of any pattern. It is essential that we identify and trace this man so if you were in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, or if you have any other information that might help, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Neston."