Hailsham: Police appeal to partygoers after girl is raped

Ashley Gardens Amberstone nr Hailsham
Ashley Gardens Amberstone nr Hailsham

POLICE investigating the rape of a teenage girl in Hailsham are appealing for young people who were at a house party to come forward.

Shortly before midnight on Friday (November 25) the 17-year-old-victim was walking along Ashley Gardens in Amberstone when she reported being pushed to the ground by a man.

She has told police the man covered her mouth and raped her.

The man then ran off along a lane, believed to be in the direction of New Road, Hellingly.

The victim said the man who attacked her was wearing a dark-coloured, hooded top, with the hood up which was hiding his face, and dark-coloured woollen or cotton gloves.

The teenage girl had been at a house party in Park Gate, Hailsham, earlier that evening with other young people.

Police are now appealing for anyone at the party with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector David Wardley-Wilkins, from the major crime team, said, “We are keen to talk to anyone who was at this house party during the evening.

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have information or witnessed the incident or seen a man wearing dark clothing acting suspiciously in the Amberstone area before midnight on Friday 25 November.”

Police are also reassuring members of the public.

DI Wardley-Wilkins added, “We naturally advise women to continue to take common sense precautions when out and about, and to be mindful of their surroundings,.

“But there is no reason for us to suggest that they should change their routine activities because of isolated incidents like this.”

Anyone with information which may assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Chevron.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.