Attempted abduction of teenage girl at Hastings bonfire night

Sussex Police
Sussex Police

The teenage victim of an attempted abduction during Hastings bonfire night has helped police produce an e-fit image of the man who grabbed the girl.

Detectives are keen to identify the suspect or learn of his whereabouts and have asked anyone who thinks they may recognise him to come forward.

A police e-fit of the attempted abducter of a teenage girl on bonfire night

A police e-fit of the attempted abducter of a teenage girl on bonfire night

The incident happened when a 14-year-old girl emerged from public toilets in Harold Place shortly after 8.45pm on Saturday, October 17.

A man she had seen loitering outside the toilets near to a group of men grabbed hold of her and dragged her towards a black estate car, which was quite new and had blacked out windows.

The suspect opened the car door but as he did so the girl managed to stamp on his foot and run away to join friends.

Her attacker is described as tanned, 18-19 years old, more than 6’ tall, thin and with thickly gelled dark brown hair raised into spikes.

He was wearing a black coat fastened with small buckles and done up to partly hide his face.

Beneath it he was wearing a red top, and he also wore skinny blue jeans and white trainers.

The car’s registration mark is believed to have started with the letters CB.

Detective Constable Dominic Brown, of Hastings CID, said: “The victim was clearly upset by this incident and we are keen to trace the man responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to email or phone 101, quoting serial 1155 of 21/11.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111 or visit

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