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Police patrols increased after series of attacks on women

Sussex Police have stepped up patrols after a series of attacks on women in the Goring-by-Sea area. Police believe the incidents may be linked.

Most recently a 15-year-old girl was shoved in the back while walking home from the train station. The attacker tried to take her bag but she resisted and her lone attacker ran off down an alleyway.

On Thursday a 19-year-old woman was grabbed as she left public toilets at Ferring village hall. She managed to break free and run to a nearby shop for help.

Only 10 minutes later a 36-year-old woman, accompanied by a man who made sexual remarks and tried to accost her.

None of the victims were seriously hurt. In each case the attacker was said to be a young man wearing a light grey or khaki waterproof jacket.

"Crime of this nature is extremely rare in these communities and we are carrying out a thorough investigation into all three attacks. Meanwhile police patrols in the area have been reinforced, both to deter further offending and to try to identify the person responsible as swiftly as possible."

– Detective Constable Natalie Freeman, West Sussex CID