Rape Investigation Launched

16 November 2010, 16:17 | Updated: 16 November 2010, 16:20

Detectives are investigating the rape of a woman in Brighton at around 2.20am today (Tuesday 16 November).

The 21-year-old victim from Moulescoomb was attacked in Temple Gardens near the junction with Montpelier Road by a man she had met earlier that evening. The attacker was disturbed after a local resident yelled from a window they would call the police and was seen running south along Temple Gardens.

Detective Inspector Steve Warner said: "Officers are offering continued support to the victim during this difficult time and are conducting a meticulous investigation into this serious offence. We are asking the local people of Brighton for their support while we investigate this rare and isolated incident.

"I am keen to speak to anyone who may hold information pertinent to this investigation. However insignificant the information may seem, please contact us immediately."

The suspect is described as white, age 18-19, 5’ 7', skinny, with mousey dark brown spiked hair and was wearing baggy jeans and a baggy top.

A forensic examination of the scene is taking place and PCSOs are assisting the investigation team with gathering information.

Chief Inspector Laurence Taylor said: "Neighbourhood officers will be maintaining a highly visible presence in the area over the coming days, conducting house-to-house enquiries and putting up information boards about the investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 89 of 16/11 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.