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Information sought over rape of woman in Chichester city centre

News   •   Jun 26, 2019 10:41 BST

Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Chichester city centre are appealing for information.

On the evening of Wednesday 19 June, the 40-year-old woman was in a doorway at now empty Argos building in South Street, Chichester, when she was raped by several men.

The men are all described as in their 30’s with tanned skin and of slim build.

The victim is receiving specialist support and advice from specially trained officers while detectives have been working with her to establish the full circumstances.

The crime was first reported to police on Monday evening (24 June).

No arrests have been made at this stage.

Detective Inspector Sally Arbuckle of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "If you were out and about in Chichester city centre that Wednesday evening, 19 June, and saw any suspicious activity, especially towards the bottom of South Street near the railway station, we would like to speak to you.

"Officers will be in South Street this Wednesday evening, 26 June, one week on from the crime, so if you are there and can help please speak to them

"If you can help in any way please also contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Keyhaven.

"This was an isolated but very distressing incident involving a vulnerable person who is part of the local street community, and we need to trace those involved."


Ref: SXP 549216/2019
Author; Tim Mahony