Police hunt man who grabbed woman in woods

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POLICE are hunting for a man who suddenly grabbed a woman as she walked through woods in Hollington.

The terrifying attack happened in Hollington Wood around 2.30pm on Sunday.

The 41-year-old victim was walking through the woods when a man suddenly grabbed her from behind as she crossed a footbridge.

She reported to police the man who was a short distance behind her and with a Pug-like dog and shouted to her that “she had no where to go” before grabbing her.

However she managed to break free and raise the alarm. Police are treating the attack as a sexual assault by touching.

Detective sergeant Julie Gable, of East Sussex CID, said: “The woman has been receiving help and support from specially trained officers and we are continuing with local enquiries and forensic searches of the area.

“The victim was very brave in fighting her attacker off and fortunately she did not receive any serious physical injuries during the assault but none-the-less is very shaken by her ordeal.

“If you have any information that could help officers with their enquiries please call 101 quoting serial 0979 of 29/4 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The suspect is described as having lightly tanned skin, 30 to 40, six feet tall, of broad build with brown eyes, shaved black hair and a thin black beard from lower lip to chin. He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.