Two girls have been sexually assaulted while playing in the sea at Brighton beach.
Detectives have linked the attacks on a 11-year-old and a 16-year-old at the beach on Sunday.
In the first incident, a 16-year-old Swedish student with two friends were in the sea opposite the Metropole Hotel at 2.30pm.
She described how five men of Asian appearance were hassling them and when she tried to move away one of the man grabbed and touched her.
Then at about 3pm, a 11-year-old girl and her friend were in the water close to the West Pier.
They were then approached by an Asian man who throw her in the air after grabbing her and touching her. She swam away and reported it to the lifeguards on the beach.
The suspect is described as an Asian man, with dark brown eyes with short black hair and wearing white pants.
– Emily Hoare, Detective Sergeant at Sussex Police
These two incidents happened near to each other and about half an hour apart. The two victims suffered a frightening ordeal and there must be witnesses as the beach and sea were packed with people as it was a hot sunny afternoon."