Sussex

Brighton rape: Police try to retrace victim's steps

  • 4 February 2014
  • From the section Sussex
Middle Street area of Brighton
Image caption The rape was in the Middle Street, King's Road and West Street area

Detectives investigating the rape of a teenager after a night out in Brighton are trying to trace her movements after she left a nightclub.

The woman left Coalition in King's Road with a man at about 03:30 GMT on 28 January and began walking west towards Hove.

She was in a doorway near the seafront when two men approached her, one of whom then raped her.

The 18-year-old is uncertain exactly where the attack happened.

Detectives believe it was in the area around Middle Street, King's Road and the southern end of West Street.

'Doubled back'

Police returned to the area on Monday night to speak to clubbers a week after the attack to try to find anyone who knew anything about what happened.

They are also searching through CCTV to try to identify the white man who left the nightclub with the woman.

"It is possible the victim doubled back on herself after leaving the club," said Det Insp Julie Wakeford.

"We are looking at CCTV recorded in the area to try to trace her movements and identify the man who left the club with her.

"We urgently need to speak to him and would urge him or anyone who knows him to contact us.

The attacker is black, aged 18 to 20 and was wearing a black padded jacket and a black NY baseball cap.

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