Eastbourne man wanted over attack on woman


An Eastbourne man is wanted for interviewing in connection with an attack which left a woman needing hospital treatment for head and facial injuries.

Sussex Police wish to speak to Jonathon William King in regards to the incident in Eastbourne on January 2 and about a house burglary in Cowbeech last year.

The 43-year-old is a resident of Eastbourne but since the attack, police do not believe he has been at his usual address in the Langney area.

Officers have been actively seeking to arrest him since this crime was reported. However, as yet all efforts to locate him have been unsuccessful.

He is described as white, about 6’, of medium but thick-set build and a fair or ruddy complexion. When last seen, he had short cropped spike light brown mousey hair that is slightly receding.

Detective Constable Emma Penrose-Reed of the East Sussex Specialist Investigations Unit said, “Locating and arresting this man so that he can be interviewed about the alleged offence is a real priority for us and we want to do everything that we possibly can to make sure he cannot continue to evade capture.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to make it clear that anyone found to have been assisting him to evade arrest can also expect to face police investigation.”

King is also believed to have links to several areas of Kent including Tunbridge Wells, Sittingbourne and areas along the Kent and South East London border.

In addition to being wanted for interview about the assault, King is also wanted in connection with a house burglary in Cowbeech in July 2013. A number of valuable antique items were stolen in the early hours of the morning.

Detective Constable Annie Nash from the East Sussex Priority Crime Team said, “I too am very keen to establish King’s whereabouts This man has now failed to answer his bail to me to be further interviewed and charged with this burglary”

King is not believed to pose a direct threat to general members of the public in general. However, anyone who sees him is asked to call 999 as a matter of urgency - he should not be approached directly.

Anyone with any other information about his movements is asked to contact Sussex Police by dialling 101 or emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 0042 of 22/2. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.