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| November 16, 2018

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Witness Appeal as Burgess Hill Sex Attacker Sought

Andrew O'Connor

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in a Burgess Hill park.

The 17-year-old was walking through Pepper Park near Albert Drive at around 5.30 – 6pm on Thursday 23 November when she was grabbed from behind by a man who then sexually assaulted her.

Police E-Fit of the Suspect

Police E-Fit of the Suspect

The girl managed to break free from her assailant and ran off.

The suspect is described as white, around 6′, and of large build. Dressed in black, he was wearing an over-sized coat over a hooded top, with the hood raised.

An e-fit image of the suspect has been released.

Detective Constable Jodie Palmer, investigating, said: “This appears to have been an isolated incident and there have been no similar reports. However, it left the victim considerably distressed and we need to identify the offender as soon as possible.”

Anyone in the area at the time who may have seen what happened or noticed a man answering the suspect’s description is asked to contact police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1297 of 23/11.

Alternatively they can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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