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Photo of man suspected of sexual assault on woman in Hove

News   •   Oct 01, 2019 11:35 BST

Do you recognise this man, apparently reclining harmlessly in a public garden in Hove?

Police believe he was actually planning to sexually assault a young woman who took this picture of him.

At about 6am on Saturday 1 September the 26-year-old woman was walking home from Brighton to her home in Hove. Whilst walking past Sainsburys in Western Road, Hove, she became aware of a man following her.

He approached her and asked her to help him look for something after walking in front of her. She ignored him and walked through the Palmeira Square gardens but he followed so she changed direction and sat down on a bench hoping he would go away.

However he sat in front of her and refused to move, which is when she took this picture and made off for home nearby.

The man followed her and sexually assaulted her at the front door before she had time to close it. She slammed the door shut and when she looked outside a few minutes later he had gone.

PC Mark Beaumont said: "This man is described as white, in his mid-forties, slim, about 5'8", with grey hair, glasses and a hearing aid. He was wearing a grey sweater and beige shorts. We think someone will recognise him from the picture and this distinctive description. If you think you know who he is or have any other information please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 964 of 01/09.

Author: Tim Mahony
Ref: SXP55476/2019

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