Police appeal for mystery man and taxi drivers’ help

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A MYSTERY man and taxi drivers using a popular late-night route could help police officers find three men who indecently assaulted a 31-year-old woman in Eastbourne at the weekend.

The woman was walking along the pavement beside the Pevensey Bay Road dual carriageway at around 1.30am on Saturday morning (January 15), when she was approached by three men near to the ASDA delivery road.

Police say the suspects whistled and shouted at the woman, then one of them assaulted her before the other two pushed her to the ground from behind.

They lifted up her dress before running off towards the North Harbour are.

Detective Constable Caz Bobby, of Eastbourne CID, said, “The woman was shaken by this incident, although fortunately she has not suffered serious physical injuries.

“We are following up a number of lines of enquiry to identify the three men.

“As the three suspects were running away, another young man came up to the woman and asked if she needed any help.

“We don’t have details of this kind stranger, but I would ask for him to get in touch as he may be able to help our investigation.

“Although this was in the early hours of the morning, the road is used frequently by taxi drivers taking people to the harbour areas, particularly at weekends.

“I’m hopeful one of them may have also seen the woman or the three men we are seeking to identify.”

Detailed descriptions of the suspects are not available, but one was a black man wearing a red T-shirt, dark jacket and jeans and the other two men were white and wearing dark clothing.

All are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s.

Anyone who is able to assist the investigation – particularly the mystery man or taxi drivers on the route – should call Sussex Police on 0845 6070999, quoting incident reference 0152/15.

Alternatively, people can call the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.