Police vow to catch rape attack men and “bring them to justice”

TWO MEN hunted by police after a teenager from Hailsham was raped will be caught and brought to justice.

That is the vow made by Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Bowles, leading a team of experienced detectives from Sussex Major Crime Branch.

The 17-year-old girl was attacked after she left her boyfriend’s home alone to get some fresh air on playing fields near Harrow Lane on the northern edge of St Leonards, at 11pm on Friday, January 14.

Two men approached her and one of them - a white male - engaged her in conversation before punching her to the ground. Then he held her down while the other man, a black male, raped her.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sussex, Det Chief Inspector Trevor Bowles said uniformed police were conducting house to house enquiries. CCTV footage of the area was also being studied carefully, he said.

Det Chief Inspector Bowles, calling the attack ‘really quite awful’, said: “We are determined to catch these two men and bring them to justice. We will catch these people as soon as we possibly can and identify them.”

Appealing for witnesses, Det Chief Inspector Bowles added: “We need to catch these two men as soon as soon as possible.”

Police believe the men are likely to live locally in the Hastings or St Leonards area.

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.

Anyone with information phone: 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Marlow or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.