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Police trying to trace man after Hove rape issue CCTV

Police want to trace this man seen on CCTV near the scene of the assault Photo: Sussex Police

Detectives investigating the rape of a 25 year-old-woman in Hove have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.

Sussex Police said the woman was walking along Waterloo Street in Hove between 1am - 2am on Thursday 20th September when a man approached her from behind and put his arm around her waist.

The man told the victim that she was pretty and then offered to give her money in return for sexual favours. She refused. He then raped her.

The attacker only stopped when a man living nearby came out of the property and asked what was going on, at which point the attacker walked off southwards towards the seafront.

CCTV shows a man the police want to trace Credit: Sussex Police

Officers describe the man who committed the crime as white, 5'5'' to 5'5'', aged in his late twenties to early thirties, of an Eastern European appearance, and as using broken English when he spoke.

The man was wearing a waist length fitted leather black jacket with a yellow seam on each arm, dark blue jeans and light coloured trainers.

Investigators also released stills and video of a man they want to speak to, who was seen just before the woman was assaulted.

Sussex Police said that the video shows a man emerging from an alley into Waterloo Street and turning left to follow the victim, who has just passed by and is out of the picture.

"If you were in the Waterloo Street area early on Thursday morning and saw what happened, or if you think you recognise this man, please get in touch with us right away by calling 101, or online, quoting Operation Pennine.

"This is an isolated incident for the area and not part of any series, but we need to find this man as soon as possible, so please contact us if you can help."

– Detective Sergeant Paul Hitchcock, Sussex Police

The woman is being supported by specially trained officers, and being given access to advice and counselling services.