Police appeal after girl is sexually assaulted in St Leonards park

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in a St Leonards park.

Sussex Police said the victim, from Hastings, was sitting on a bench in the park area of Warrior Square on Friday (July 29) when the assault took place at 7.45pm.

The victim did not receive any physical injuries and there is believed to be one suspect.

The suspect is described as of Arabic appearance, aged in his early twenties, 6’, of slim build and with dark brown eyes, black short hair, longer on top. He was wearing a distinctive black and orange watch. He also has large scar on his lower left arm, and dimples in both cheeks.

Police said the girl was approached by the man who struck up a conversation with her and then proceeded to pick her up, attempt to kiss her and touch her bottom.

PC Jo Cooper said: “The girl was understandably quite scared. Anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed this incident or seen this man is asked to make contact with Sussex Police via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1840 of 30/07.

“Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-org.uk).”

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