A TEENAGE GIRL from Hailsham was raped when two men attacked her in St Leonards on Sea.
The girl was visiting friends and went out for a walk by herself at 11pm on Friday night, January 14. She went into Harrow Lane from The Ridge and two men approached her close to some playing fields.
Both men shouted at her and one of them grabbed her, holding her down to let the other man rape her.
Both cowards ran off back towards The Ridge and the victim told her mother what happened when she got home. Police were told about the offence on Saturday evening, January 15.
Detective Inspector Rob Morland said: “We have a team of people working on the investigation and are determined to find the men responsible for this cowardly attack. Forensic specialists have examined the scene and a thorough trawl of nearby CCTV is underway. “The victim is being supported by officers who are specially trained to assist her at this difficult time. She bravely told her mother about the attack and has given us good descriptions of the two suspects. “We are actively pursuing the suspects, but I would ask anyone who recognises their descriptions or who may have seen them late on Friday night to help us. Men like this deserve no kind of respect, so if you’ve overheard someone talking about this, do the right thing and contact us or the anonymous and independent Crimestoppers service.” The first suspect was a large black man, around 5ft, 7in tall, in his late 20s and with a London accent. He wore a grey hooded tracksuit top and matching tracksuit bottoms with white trainers. The second man was described as a small white man, around 5ft, 5in tall with a Southern accent. He seemed to be slightly younger, in his early-20s. He wore a black hooded tracksuit top and matching tracksuit bottoms with white trainers. Chief Inspector Mark Ling, the district commander for Hastings, said: “Serious offences such as this are incredibly rare, but understandably it is still going to be of concern to local people. “Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team are involved in the investigation. As well as carrying out house-to-house enquiries, they will be patrolling the area intensely over the next few days, using their local knowledge and contacts to help identify these suspects. I would encourage anyone who is worried to speak to them. “There is nothing at this stage to suggest this is anything other than an isolated offence, so we are not issuing specific advice based on this incident. However, the personal safety tips we would always give to people who are out and about at night-time is to walk with friends and to stick to well-lit main roads whenever possible.” Any one with any information at all is asked to call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Marlow or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.