Sussex

Worthing woodland rape: Police plea to 'shop' attacker

A rapist's dirty clothing may give him away after an attack on a woman in woods in Worthing, police said.

They believe the attacker, who preyed on a 25-year-old woman in the early hours of Saturday, would have had soil or dirt on his clothes and hands.

And they are urging anyone with suspicions to contact them.

The attacker pounced as the woman walked on a footpath between Holly Close and Whitebeam Road, Durrington, just before 00:25.

Police say he forced the woman, who had been on her way home, to the ground and raped her before escaping along one of the footpaths that lead into the neighbouring housing estates.

Det Ch Insp Paul Rymarz, from the Sussex and Surrey major crime team, said: "Although the ground was dry when the attack happened, the rapist is likely to have got some soil or dirt on them when the victim was forced to the ground.

"The person could have an innocent explanation for why they were dirty. However, it is also possible that they were involved, so I would urge anyone who has suspicions to contact us urgently."

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