Police investigate two sex attacks at Sussex University

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POLICE are continuing to investigate a report of a sexual assault in the grounds of Sussex University, Falmer, in the early hours of Tuesday February 11.

A 20-year-old woman has said she was sexually assaulted by a man when she was walking on the university campus.

Detectives are also investigating another allegation of sexual assault at the university in the early hours of Wednesday, February 15.

At around 5.15am a woman in her late teens reported being assaulted while walking through the campus.

The victim said the man also threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her. She suffered bruises and scratches as a result of the incident.

Detective Inspector Ian Still, of Brighton and Hove CID, said: “Sussex Police has been working closely with Sussex University to establish the circumstances surrounding these two reported assaults.

“Following the reported sexual assault last week, warnings and advice were issued to all students and staff who live in the vinicity and published on the university website.

“It told them how to keep safe while walking alone at night and services offered to students to assist them in getting home safely.

“I would encourage anyone who is walking alone on the campus at night to be vigilant and aware and use the services offered by the university if you are worried.

“Although there are similarities with both incidents, at this stage we do not believe they are linked. The investigation into the reported sexual assault in the early hours of Tuesday morning is in its early stages and the circumstances are still being established.”

Police are appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around the time of the two incidents to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 96 of 21/2 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.