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Alert message sent 14/11/2019 17:03:00

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

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E-fit image of man suspected of Eastbourne kidnap bid

Police have released an e-fit image of the man suspected of attempting to abduct a 13-year-old girl in the vicinity of East Dean Road and Green Street in Old Town, Eastbourne, on Friday. (8 November)

He approached the teenager between 5pm and 6pm and took hold of her as if to force her to go with him. But he let go and made off after the girl screamed and a passing motorist stopped to see what was going on.

The suspect is described as being of Arabic appearance, 5'10", aged in his mid-30s and of medium build.

He was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood pulled low over his face. He spoke with a predominantly local south-eastern English accent, but with a very slight indistinguisable accent.

Detectives believe he may have been in company with another man immediately before the incident.

The girl, though shaken, was unhurt and managed to seek safety at a friend's house nearby before being re-united with her parents.

Detective Constable Elliott Lander, investigating, said; "We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, who may recognise the suspect or who may have dash-cam footage of what took place.

"We think this was an isolated incident, but would nevertheless like to hear from anyone who may recently have been approached in similar circumstances in Eastbourne."
Anyone able to help is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1186 of 08/11.

Alternatively, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Witness sought to incident in Seaside, Eastbourne

Detectives investigating a serious assault on a woman at her home in Eastbourne are hoping a passer-by will remember intervening over an altercation between the victim and a man in a nearby street shortly beforehand.

it is understood that about 8.15pm on Monday 21 October, near the junction of Seaside and Ceylon Place in Eastbourne, a man, described as having long shoulder length blond hair with a wave in it, and wearing jeans and a hooded top, intervened and asked if the woman was ok because he was concerned about the man's behaviour towards her.

In the early hours of the following morning the woman, aged 41, was assaulted in her home, sustaining serious facial injuries.

Detective Constable Julian Harris of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:"If you were the man who kindly intervened, or if you know who he is, please get in touch with us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 168 of 22/10."

A man aged 40 has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and theft of a motor vehicle and after being interviewed has been released on police bail with conditions until 19 November while enquiries continue.

Crime summary

A burglary occurred on 10 November during the afternoon hours on Wakehurst Road, whereby the suspects entered the house via the front door and stole a handbag (Ref:47190193525).

A burglary occurred on Woodpecker Road, overnight on 9 November, whereby a garage was broken into and machinery stolen (Ref: 47190193836).

A burglary occurred on 12 November on Rosebery Avenue, whereby an extension was entered and tools stolen from within (Ref: 47190195231).
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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at
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