Man sexually assaulted in West Sussex town

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was sexually assaulted in West Sussex.

The 37-year-old man walked from Maiden Lane, Crawley, along a footpath in Ewhurst Wood, near to Crawley Avenue, around 5pm on Friday (October 30).

Police said, during this time, the victim saw three men walk towards him. After a brief verbal exchange, the victim tried to leave but was pulled off the footpath and into a wooded area nearby.

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The three men assaulted the victim, police said, causing minor injuries to his face, neck and abdomen. The victim was then sexually assaulted and robbed of a quantity of cash before the three men left the scene, according to police.


One of the suspects is described as black, tall, of wide build and with hair plaited in a hexagonal design. He was wearing a surgical mask and a Canada Goose puffer jacket with brown fur around the hood.

The two other suspects are both described as Asian with one wearing a mask with a shark tooth design, and the other wearing an Adidas branded face mask.

Anyone who saw what happened, or who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1129 of 30/10.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.