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Police are appealing for witnesses after a 38-year-old woman was assaulted in Sussex at around 10.30pm last night (Saturday, January 23).

The victim was walking home alone after a night out in Chichester along an alleyway that links St Paul’s Road and Duncan Road, when she was grabbed from behind and forced to the floor.

She managed to break free and punch the suspect in the face before running off, suffering scratches to her neck and chest.

The suspect is described as a white man, 6’, of skinny build, aged in his late 30’s or early 40’s, with short dark hair and stubble.

He also had a prominent Adam’s apple, dark bushy eyebrows with dark hair on the back of his hands and he was wearing a dark jacket and brown deck shoes.

Detective Sgt John Kalli said: “This was an isolated incident which has left the victim understandably shaken, but fortunately she was not seriously hurt.

“We need to speak with anyone who was in the area and may have seen something suspicious.”

Witnesses can email or call 101 quoting serial 1486 of 23/01.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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