No evidence of Hailsham rape attack

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A MANHUNT for a rapist has been stopped after police said the attack on a teenager never happened.

Detectives have closed their enquiry into the reported rape of the 18-year-old woman which was reported to have happened at 8.20pm in South Road, Hailsham on September 4.

The Sussex Express said at the time that the woman was attacked by a man whilst walking in playing fields near Diplocks Industrial Estate.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “We have made comprehensive and widespread enquiries over the past two and a half months and have now concluded that there is no evidence to show that such an attack took place.

“Support has been provided for the woman and her family, and there are no plans to prosecute or take any other action against her.

“Allegations of this nature are always taken very seriously and we continue to encourage women to come forward and report offences committed against them.”

Chief Inspector Dick Coates, Wealden District police commander, said: “My colleagues in the Major Crime Team have made extensive enquiries over a protracted period and I am happy with the outcome of the investigation.”