Crawley inquiry over girl, 13, 'raped in bushes'

Police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl told her family she had been raped in Crawley.

Sussex Police said officers did not have a date for the attack, which the girl said was about three weeks ago.

But Det Insp Mark Cullimore said inquiries would be carried out over the weekend and specially trained officers were with the young girl.

The girl told her family a man attacked her as she walked along an alleyway.

'Distressing incident'

She said she was approached in the alleyway next to Desmond Anderson School, by a man who asked her if she was okay before dragging her into nearby bushes and raped her.

Det Insp Cullimore said: "This is a distressing incident and specially trained officers are with the young girl to give her support and find out more details about the attack.

"Unfortunately, we don't have an exact date as to when this happened but we know it was about three weeks ago at around 5pm."

The suspect was described as white, in his late 30s, about 5ft 8ins (1.7m), with dark hair and stubble, wearing a long beige coat and wellingtons.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact the force.

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