Hastings park attack victim calls for more safety measures after girl sexually assaulted

A woman who was assaulted by a stranger while walking in a Hastings park is campaigning for CCTV, lighting and a police presence in popular public spaces after a number of recent incidents caused concern in the local community.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 4:04 pm

Kay Early, 33, was left with a black eye, cuts and bruises after she was repeatedly punched in the face by a man while she was walking in Alexandra Park, in June 2020.

Kay’s calls for extra safety measures came after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Alexandra Park on Sunday night. A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in relation to the assault.

On June 10, 2020, Kay was walking her dog in Alexandra Park when a man, who had been following her, jumped her and proceeded to repeatedly punch her in the face.

Kay Early before she was attacked in Alexandra Park SUS-210316-152715001

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She was unable to run away from him so she dropped to the ground and started ‘kicking him hard and fast in the gut and groin’.

She managed to get the attention of three women who were walking on the same stretch of path but her attacker ran from the scene. He stole Kay’s dog lead but none of her other possessions.

The incident was reported to the police and a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery, but the case has since been dropped.

Kay Early was left with a black eye, cuts and bruises after being attacked by a stranger in Alexandra Park SUS-210316-152705001

Kay, who has suffered with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) since the attack, said she was told her case could have progressed if there had been extra surveillance in the park – somewhere she described as a ‘black spot’ for crime – to help track down the man who assaulted her.

She said: “I am now calling for lighting, CCTV and a police presence in the park.

“At present it is a black spot in the middle of a heavily populated town and it’s not just women who are unsafe, it’s men as well as our children.

“Let’s reclaim our spaces as a community, let’s fight back. Let’s make a noise about this and let’s make change happen. All people want to use our community spaces without fear.”

Kay Early was left with a black eye, cuts and bruises after being attacked by a stranger in Alexandra Park SUS-210316-152655001

Kay has started a petition which is calling for ‘CCTV and appropriate lighting’ to be installed with Alexandra Park. To read the petition, click here.

She has also set up a Facebook page called Make Alexandra Park Safe where people have been invited to talk about the matter and share their proposed solutions.