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Suspect is stood down over attack

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DETECTIVES investigating a terrifying attack on a 12-year-old girl have stood down a 24-year old suspect from his requirement to report to police on bail.

But the investigation is continuing and police are still keen to hear from anyone who has information.

The schoolgirl was attacked by a man who knocked her to the ground with a bat between 3.30pm and 4.15pm on Monday, January 27 on a footpath just off The Ridge.

She was opposite the BP garage at The Ridge when she was struck.

He grabbed her but when she screamed her attacker ran off. The girl suffered a minor head injury and was badly shaken by her ordeal.

The man was arrested later that week on suspicion of the assault and was questioned before being released on police bail.

Detective sergeant Tony Webb said: “Although we have stood the man down from his bail as there is insufficient need to continue with that requirement further at this time, we are still carrying out further enquiries.

“I’d still like to speak to anyone who was in the area who may have seen or heard something that could help with the investigation.”

An E-fit of the attacker was released in January.

The attacker was white, 5ft 6ins and in his 20s or 30s.

He was very pale, did not have any wrinkles, sunken cheeks and a skinny face. He also had bristly brown eyebrows, brown eyes and was clean shaven other than a tuft of brown hair under his lip. He was wearing dark clothing with the hood pulled up.

Witnesses and anyone with information can call 101 quoting Op Adare, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on 0800 555111.

 

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