Police statement

E-fit Photo: Sussex Police

Detectives investigating a sexual assault in Worthing have released an E-fit of a suspect.

The 17-year-old victim was walking to the train station along Ladydell Road at about midday on Thursday 15 March when a man ran towards her and assaulted her. She managed to break free and raised the alarm with a member of the public.

Working with the victim, police have produced a computer image of a suspect. He is described as a man in his early 30s of oriental appearance, roughly 5'11'' in height and with a muscular build. He was wearing a black polo shirt and black cargo trousers.

DC Mandy Dunk, of Worthing CID, said: "The victim was left very shaken by her ordeal. We are anxious to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened, who may have seen the suspect in the area prior to the attack or who thinks they may recognise him.

"Anyone with information can contact me via 101 extension 81433, or alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."