Twelve-year-old schoolgirl sexually assaulted in Eastbourne

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Police are appealing for information after a girl was sexually assaulted as she walked home in Eastbourne.

The 12-year-old girl left school at around 5pm on Tuesday (December 15) and walked along Crown Street and Ocklynge Road.

When she was near to the junction with Upperton Road, she felt someone grab her from behind and indecently assaulted her. She screamed and managed to push them away and they ran along Upperton Road.

The victim ran home where she reported it to her dad, who phoned the police.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said, “This was an extremely distressing incident for this young girl, who did exactly the right thing by immediately raising the alarm at home.

“The victim didn’t get a clear view of her attacker but believed that it was a man and as he ran away she saw he was wearing a thin coat.

“It was around 5pm, a busy time of the evening, and Upperton Road is a main road through the town.

“We are appealing to anyone who was walking in the area who might have heard screams or seen someone running away. Were you driving and saw what happened as you passed by?

“We are urging anyone with information to please get in touch with us. Call us on 101 or email on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Millburn.

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