Woman raped in Bexhill

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in Bexhill in the early hours of Sunday (20 July).

The 18-year-old victim from Bexhill was walking in Hastings Road, at the junction with School Place, when a man approached her, grabbed her and pushed her into some bushes before raping her at about 4am.

He then made off towards Pebsham Way. She made her way to a friend’s house who contacted police to report the rape. Specially trained officers are looking after the victim.

The suspect is described as a black man, of large build, who wa wearing a dark blue or black t-shirt, short tracksuit bottoms, a black baseball cap and canvas plimsolls.

Detective Sergeant Ben Newman said: “We are working with the victim, who is obviously shaken and upset to establish the circumstances but we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen her or the suspect in the area.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Hatchet.