Police appeal for witnesses to Eastbourne rape after 72-year-old man arrested in connection with attack

Police news.
Police news.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault in Eastbourne.

The victim, a 48-year-old woman from Eastbourne, had been drinking in Wetherspoons on Cornfield Road with friends on Monday, February 16.

She left at around 10.45pm and near to the Cornfield Solicitors she was approached by a man who led her into an alleyway, where she was sexually assaulted.

A 72-year-old man from Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of rape. He has been bailed until May 12 while investigations continue.

Detective Constable Hugh Charles said, “Local CCTV has been checked, and several unidentified people passed by around the time and might have seen something happening.

“We are appealing to these people to come forward and tell us what they saw.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 577 of 17/02.”