Man questioned about schoolgirl attack

A 24-year-old man is being questioned by police about an attack on a 12-year-old girl in Hastings.

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 but screamed when her attacker grabbed her and he ran off.

This morning (Friday) officers arrested a 24-year-old man from Hastings on suspicion of assault. He is currently in custody being questioned.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ling said: “I’m very grateful to the public and the media for helping us identify and arrest a suspect so quickly after the crime.

“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.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Op Adare, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.