Police release photo taken by victim of sexual assault

Do you recognise this man? Photo courtesy of Sussex Police. SUS-190110-114857001
Do you recognise this man? Photo courtesy of Sussex Police. SUS-190110-114857001

Police want to interview this man in connection with a sexual assault in Hove.

At about 6am on Saturday September 1 a 26-year-old woman was walking from Brighton to her home in Hove, said police.

Whilst walking past Sainsburys in Western Road, Hove, officers said she became aware of a man following her.

Police said 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, said police.

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

Officers said 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.”