Woman raped in broad daylight in Worthing

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in Worthing on Tuesday afternoon (19 April).

The 21-year-old local woman was in Westcourt Road at around 5pm when a man approached her from behind, before dragging her into an alleyway, police said.

According to police, she was found by a friend shortly after the attack and was taken to a police station.

The suspect is described as black, between 6ft and 6ft 2in tall with a goatee. He had a shaved line in one of his eyebrows and was wearing a white jumper.

Detective Inspector David Payne said: “That area of Worthing would have been busy, especially at that time, and I would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in touch.

“Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Clandon.”

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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