Inquiry into alleged rape on West Sussex seafront

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AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a woman said she was raped near a pier.

Detectives are investigating the alleged rape of a 35-year-old woman near the pier in Bognor Regis.

The alleged rape happened while the woman was on a night out.

Police are in the early stages of trying to establish the exact circumstances that led up to the sexual assault.

Detective Sergeant Russ Burgess, from West Sussex CID, said: ‘The victim was with two men who she met socially earlier in the evening and we are keen to hear from these men or anyone else who may have seen the woman and men together.’

The incident happened sometime during last Saturday evening and the early hours of Sunday.

Det Sgt Burgess added: ‘The victim is white, 5ft 2in tall, of stocky build with medium length dark hair with a red tint and was wearing black leggings and a black top.

‘If you saw her at any stage on Saturday or Sunday please get in touch.

‘She has described the men who were with her as possibly Eastern European, both taller than her, one with dark hair and one with blond bits in his hair.’

Anyone with information should call Sussex police on 101, quoting serial 1038 of 17/09.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Det Sgt Burgess added: ‘Sussex Police will thoroughly investigate all allegations of rape or sexual assault.

‘If you have been a victim please notify officers as soon as possible so we can investigate and provide the right support and care.’