Sussex

Men arrested over teenage girl rape in St Leonards

Scene of the rape
Image caption The teenager had gone out to get some fresh air when she was attacked near playing fields

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of rape after a 17-year-old girl was attacked in St Leonards.

Sussex Police said that officers investigating the sexual attack also arrested a third man on suspicion of money laundering.

Officers detained all three after stopping a vehicle in the East Sussex town on Tuesday night.

The teenager was attacked on 14 January by two men. One raped her after the other punched her and held her down.

She had gone for a walk alone in St Leonards and was approached in Harrow Lane, near playing fields.

Police said the teenager had just left the home of her boyfriend to get some fresh air.

Both men ran off towards The Ridge following the attack, which happened after 2300 GMT.

Police said the two men arrested on suspicion of rape were aged 20 and 25 and from St Leonards.

The man arrested on suspicion of money laundering was a 20-year-old, also from the town.

All three are being questioned at Eastbourne custody centre.

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