Schools are writing to parents today (Thursday) urging them to make sure their children are safe after a 12-year-old schoolgirl was sexually assaulted as she walked home earlier this week.
The youngster left school at around 5pm Tuesday and walked along Crown Street and Ocklynge Road but when she reached the junction with Upperton Road, she felt someone grab her from behind and a man indecently assaulted her.
She screamed and managed to push them away and they fled along Upperton Road.
The victim ran home where she reported it to her dad, who phoned the police.
Eastbourne Police are increasing patrols in the area and are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward.
They are also sending officers in to schools to talk to students about staying safe and schools have also written to parents and carers urging them to make sure their children use well-lit routes, stick together and carry a mobile phone.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Millburn.”
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