A member of the public is being sought by police after they stopped a serious sexual assault in Brighton by shouting out to the offender.
The 18 year old victim had enjoyed a night out with friends on Saturday 12 March; she left the Coalition Club in the early hours of the following morning, at about 4am, and was approached by a man who dragged her onto the beach and assaulted her.
Whilst the attack was happening, she heard someone shout "Hey" before asking: "What's going on?" The victim then managed to struggle free and run off.She has described the offender as being either Arabic or Pakistani, with black short hair, aged between 20 and 30, about 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins tall and of proportionate build.
He was wearing a grey coloured V-neck jumper with a white top underneath, dark coloured jeans, rimless glasses and possibly light coloured trainers.
DC Jon Freeman, from Brighton CID, said: "The victim has only just reported the incident to police as she has tried to put the attack behind her, but this was a serious incident which understandably has left her very upset .
" We would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who has information about this assault, particularly the member of the public who shouted out whilst it was taking place, enabling the victim to break free."
Anyone who can assist police is asked to contact me on 0845 60 70 999, quoting serial 0293 of 22 March, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."