Police appeal after boy raped in Hove leisure centre

The King Alfred Centre SUS-160114-122649001
The King Alfred Centre SUS-160114-122649001

Officers investigating a serious sexual assault on a young boy are hoping to trace a couple who may have vital information.

The assault reportedly took place at the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove, and police said they are looking for a couple who ‘may have useful information without realising it’.

Police said the man and woman were in the reception area of the King Alfred Leisure Centre on the afternoon of Sunday (January 29) and the man went into the toilets just after 2.10pm while the woman waited on a settee. He came out a few moments later and the couple left the centre together.

They are both described as white, and in their thirties or forties. The man had brown hair and was a three-quarter length brown jacket, and the woman had long brown hair.

Detective Inspector Jason Hazzard said; “Without realising it, this couple, who we emphasise are regarded solely as potential witnesses, may have valuable information.

“We ask them to contact us, and we also ask anyone else who has information which they think may help our investigation to get in touch with us, via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Abbeywood.

“You can also report online or call 101.

“All reports will be treated in confidence and you can arrange to speak to experienced investigators”.