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12-year-old raped by man she met on internet

Sussex Police are investigating a serious sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl Credit: Sussex Police

Parents are being warned of the dangers of mobile phone social media apps after a 12-year-old girl was raped in Sussex by a man she met on the internet.

The schoolgirl had arranged to meet a man who said he was 18 after they had been in contact through two phone apps, Whisper and Kik.

The youngster first met the man when he picked her up from outside Goring railway station, West Sussex, in a silver/grey Fiat Punto at 3pm on June 5.

They drove to a car par at the end of Angmering High Street where they kissed before the man dropped her off in Worthing. Then two days later, at about midday on June 7, the pair met again outside Tesco Express in Rectory Road, Worthing, before he drove her to the same place in Angmering where they walked to a nearby wooded area where they had sexual intercourse, only stopping when they saw dog walkers nearby.

The incidents were not reported to Sussex Police until June 25.

"This is is a clear case of a naive, vulnerable and trusting 12-year old girl being groomed online by a manipulative older man, whose exact age is not yet clear. He is described as white, aged about 18, about 6'1" and of slim build, with short black hair in a quiff. Do you recall seeing them or the car at any point in Worthing or Angmering on those days ? If you did, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call us on 101, quoting serial 1356 of 25/06. This case is another example of what can result from unwary and unsupervised use of the web by young people who need to be really careful in their contacts with people they do not know."

– Detective Constable Lee Simmonds

Homeless man knocked out during attack by gang

Police are appealing for witnesses after a gang attacked a homeless man in Worthing town centre.

One of the men slashed the 39-year-old across the face and head with a blade. The victim suffered cuts to his face and a broken nose and was knocked out.

He was in Warwick Street or Chapel Road when he was confronted by the gang of men and women who assaulted him on the evening of Wednesday 17 June.

When the victim woke he was being treated in Worthing Hospital.

We don't know why the man was attacked or who the attackers were.

The victim has said there were both men and women in the gang that attacked him but they could actually be older boys or girls rather than adults.

We need to find anyone who saw the victim being attacked or who may have seen him lying on the ground after he was knocked out.

This was a nasty attack and we need the help of the community to find him.

– Detective Constable Lee Simmonds


Man dies and four arrested in Worthing crash

A 27 year old man from Worthing has died after a van crashed into a tree.

Four men from Sussex - two in their twenties and two in their thirties - have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They have since been bailed.

The collision happened at the junction between Offington Avenue and Offington Drive

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the junction between Offington Avenue and Offington Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The four survivors were treated for their injuries at Worthing Hospital.

Investigation after 15-year-old sexually assaulted

Police are investigating an incident outside the H&M clothes shop in Western Road, Brighton, in which a 15-year-old Worthing girl was sexually assaulted.

The incident occurred at about 3.30pm on Saturday, 16 May, when the victim and her companion, another girl aged 15, were walking along Western Road towards Churchill Square.

A man described as Asian, in his 30s, 5'7"- 5' 8", and of chubby build, approached the girl from behind, grabbed her bottom and made an obscene remark.

He was said to have spoken with an Indian or Pakistani accent.

Anyone who saw the incident or the offender, or who has information about this or similar offences in the area, is asked to email or phone 101, quoting serial 1064 of 16/5. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

"The victim has been left very shaken and upset by this incident and is worried it could have happened to others."

– PC Daniel Marshall, of the Worthing Response Investigation Team

Concern for missing teenager

Lacey Easen was last seen on Friday afternoon Credit: Sussex Police

Have you seen 16-year-old Lacey Easen from Worthing?

Lacey hasn't been seen since Friday afternoon and police are becoming concerned for her safety.

The teenager is white, 5' 4" and slim. She has a pale complexion, brown eyes, shoulder length straight dyed blonde hair and a tattoo on her left wrist that reads "Brooke".

When she was last seen she was wearing light blue jeans, a green Parka-style coat with a furry hood and trainers. She was carrying a large black and cream handbag.

"We've heard nothing to suggest that Lacey is in any danger but we need to find her to make sure she is ok. It has been suggested to us that Lacey may have gone to Brighton for the weekend with a new boyfriend, possibly a man from East London, and that they could have stayed there in a hotel. Lacey could be in West Sussex, in Brighton and Hove or even in London but we need to speak to anyone who may have seen her and could know where she is."

– Iain Exley, from the West Sussex missing persons team


Improved services promised for hospital patients in West Sussex

New targets set for hospitals in West Sussex Credit: ITV news

New targets have been set by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - in a draft strategy launched today. Over the next three years the trust says it will focus on reducing death rates, providing more reliable services and improving experiences for patients and staff. The Trust runs Worthing Hospital, St Richard's in Chichester and Southlands in Shoreham.

People in West Sussex are also being encouraged to have their say on the future of hospital services and the trust will be accepting feedback on the draft strategy until 5 March.

The draft Quality Strategy identifies areas the Trust will focus on over the next three years to 2018. Western Sussex Hospitals have already received top marks from the Care Quality Commission, who put the Trust in the category of "providing the best and safest care", but managers say they are committed to continuing to drive improvements in the quality of care available at all three hospitals.

The four goals identified in the draft strategy are:

? Reducing patient mortality and improving outcomes, ? Making care safer, ? Providing more reliable services, and ? Improving the experience of patients and staff.

Each goal features a set of priorities that explain how progress will be measured.

Dr George Findlay, Medical Director for the Trust said: "We run the Trust for the benefit of our patients; present and future. Everyone who lives, works or visits West Sussex is potentially a patient - or visitor - and therefore has a vested interest in making sure we're doing everything we can to offer safe care and meet their needs. Getting involved doesn't have to be onerous or time consuming. We have developed a simple survey so people can give their views quickly and easily."

The draft Quality Strategy and the feedback survey are available online at

Woman raped in Worthing during early hours

Scenes of crime officers have been searching a green in Worthing after reports a woman was raped during the early hours.

Sussex Police surrounded the green near the Swan Inn on the corner of High Street and North Street.

It's believed the woman was walking home with friends at 3.30am when she became separated. She was approached by a man who then raped her on the green area.

Police were called and a man was arrested near by and remains in police custody.

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