Detectives Investigate Hastings Rape

16 December 2018, 07:04

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A 19-year-old woman has been raped in Hastings.

Detectives say she was attacked by a man she didn't know in the West Hill area of the town early yesterday morning.

The woman's now being looked after by specially trained officers.

Detective Inspector Gavin Patch, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was vicious attack and we want to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident or the man who perpetrated it.

"We have located the scene, which has been cordoned off while our scenes of crime team undertake forensic analysis of the area. The woman is now being cared for by specially-trained officers.

"We would like to hear from anyone who was present on West Hill between approximately 3am and 6am on Saturday morning.

"Any information could be useful, so please contact us either by email at or call 101 quoting Operation Insight. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"There is an increased police presence in the area and if you have any concerns, please feel free to speak to our officers, especially if you live locally and believe that you may have heard or seen something that you now think may have been suspicious or just out of the ordinary."