'˜Helpful' residents thanked after foreign student assaulted in Lancing

Police are investigating after an 18-year-old French student was assaulted by a woman in Lancing last week.

Monday, 17th July 2017, 11:41 am
Updated Thursday, 31st August 2017, 3:03 pm

The incident occurred in Monks Recreation Ground, Crabtree Lane, Lancing, at around 10pm on Wednesday (July 12), police said.

The victim had been listening to music with a group of fellow students when another group walked past, according to a spokesperson.

An altercation ensued in which the victim was punched several times by a woman, who was described by police as white, 5ft 5ins, of skinny build and with dark blonde long straight hair.

She was wearing a grey sports top, blue jeans and dark trainers, police said.

The students were part of a group hosted by the Worthing-based English school English in England.

Janine Simons, director of the Charmandean Road school, said of the assault: “It’s just disgusting.”

She thanked residents in Lancing who came to the aid of students after they knocked on their doors in distress.

“They were just so helpful, giving them a lift home or walking them home,” she said.

“We are so grateful that they assisted.”

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to email [email protected] or phone 101, quoting serial 1597 of 12/07.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via its website, www.crimestoppers-uk.org.