Search continues for man suspected of Brighton sex assault

Police enquiries are continuing to try to identify a man in relation to an attack on a woman in Kings Road, Brighton.

A CCTV image (above) of the man was first issued on 20 November.

Shortly before 1am on Sunday 20 October a 20-year-old local woman had finished work and was walking east along the seafront side of Kings Road by the i360 when she was approached by a man who first tried to engage her in conversation and then sexually assaulted her. She resisted and after a short while he walked away westwards.

The man seen in the CCTV still image is described as about 5′ 10″, in his mid-30s, of tanned or dark complexion, with dark hair and wearing a white tracksuit top and blue jeans.

Detective Sergeant Jack Sagar of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “If you can help identify this man please get in touch right away by calling 101 or online quoting Operation Downgate. However in an emergency dial 999.”

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Operation Downgate is the ongoing police investigation into five offences in which women were sexually assaulted in Brighton city centre, including incidents on 5, 6 and 20 October, all five of which were subject of publicity during October.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the two assaults on 5 and 6 October and has been committed for trial at Crown Court with an initial hearing on 3 January 2020.

Enquiries are also continuing into the other two incidents, in Ditchling Road on 24 July and in East Street on 11 October. There have been no further incidents since 20 October.

Throughout the investigations detectives had been considering possible links between the offences, including the consideration that the same person could have been responsible for all the attacks. However as previously explained, further detailed enquiries, including information from victims, further CCTV images and information from the public have led the police to conclude that not all the attacks are linked and therefore were not all carried out by the same person.


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