Schoolgirl sexually assaulted on Hastings footpath

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A young girl was sexually assaulted on a footpath in Hastings as she was walking home from school yesterday (January 27).

The 14-year-old girl was walking alone between 4pm and 4.12pm along a footpath adjacent to Sandrock Park, just off The Ridge, opposite the BP garage.

A man attempted to pull her into the trees alongside the path placing his hand up her skirt as he did so.

The victim screamed and ran off and the man disappeared.

He is described as white, in his early 20s, 6’, slim average build, with short dark hair, wearing a blue hooded waterproof jacket with white stripes running vertically down the arms, dark coloured trousers and trainers.

Detective Sgt Tony Webb said: “If you were in the area of The Ridge between 3.45pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday and saw this man or if you have any other information that may help, please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Westward.

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

“The circumstances of this attack are similar to a previous incident that happened in 2014 in that location.

“We have increased police presence in the area and I would like to assure local people that everything possible is being done to find this man.”

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