Teenage girl grabbed by man in Polegate

Posters telling trick-or-treaters not to call can be downloaded from the Warwickshire Police website

Posters telling trick-or-treaters not to call can be downloaded from the Warwickshire Police website

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Sussex Police is appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was grabbed by a man in Polegate yesterday (October 6).

Officers are trying to trace a member of the public who saw the incident last night.

A 16-year-old girl had got off the train in Polegate around 8.40pm having travelled from Eastbourne and was followed by a man who she had seen on the train.

She began to walk along the High Street and as she got to the junction of Victoria Road, she had been grabbed at by the man on the train. He missed her wrist to start with but then managed to grab both of her arms and walk her towards Cross Street.

She screamed out and she heard a man shout, “What are you doing?” and this made the man let go of her arms and run left onto Victoria Road.

DS Suzy Joseph said: “The victim then ran onto the High Street where she contacted her dad to come and pick her up. She was very shaken by what has happened but was thankfully unhurt.

“She describes the man as in his 50s or 60s, with a scar on left cheek and was wearing a thick winter cagoule style coat and a woolly hat with a small peak.

“We are hoping to trace the member of the public who called out as he is a key witness to what happened. Also anyone else who might have been in Polegate High Street or was in the area of the train station around 8.40pm when the train arrived who might be able to help is asked to get in touch.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1551 of 6/10.”