St Leonards man arrested after Hastings rape

Police are thought to be investigating the incident outside Bishop Luffa School
Police are thought to be investigating the incident outside Bishop Luffa School

Detectives investigating a rape in Hastings have arrested a man it was revealed today (Friday, May 29).

A 40-year-old woman from St Leonards had been out with friends in the town last Saturday night (May 23).

“She decided to go home and was waiting at the taxi rank outside Wetherspoons, in Havelock Road, at 2am on Sunday (May 24) when she was approached by a man and they began talking,” said a Sussex Police spokesman.

“They got into a taxi together and went back to an unknown address where he raped her.”

The man was described as being black with short dreadlocks, about 5”8”, and in his twenties.

Yesterday (Thursday, May 28) a 21-year-old St Leonards man was arrested on suspicion of the rape.

After being interviewed he was released on police bail until August 22 while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Chris Milner said; “We received a lot of information from the public following our appeal earlier this week, and the taxi driver who we were seeking purely as a witness has also come forward.

“We are still keen to hear from anyone who was in the area early on Sunday morning.

“Do you remember seeing a man of this description?

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or quoting serial 244 of 24/05.”

Woman raped in Hastings

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