Efit of man who attacked 12-year-old girl with a bat

This is the man police would like to speak to about an attack on a 12-year-old girl on her way home from school in Hastings.

The schoolgirl was attacked by a man who knocked her to the ground with a bat between 3.30pm and 4.15pm on Monday on a footpath just off The Ridge.

efit of man wanted in connection with assault on school girl Credit: Sussex Police

She was opposite the BP garage at The Ridge when she was struck but screamed when her attacker grabbed her and he ran off. The 12-year-old suffered a minor head injury but was badly shaken.

Detective Inspector Rob Morland said: "We're still keen to speak to anyone who was in the area.

One potential witness is a white man, in his fifties or sixties who was smart and in a light coloured striped suit who was walking the same path shortly before the attack. A group of four teenage boys who used the footpath may also have seen the man running past them at the Robert de Mortain pub."