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TV appeal in Brighton seafront rape case brings new leads
2:00pm Saturday 16th February 2013 in News
Detectives are following up leads from members of the public after appealing on television for help to catch a seafront rapist.
Sussex Police appealed on Crimewatch on Thursday night after a fruitless five months investigating an attack on a 19-year-old woman.
They received 13 calls from viewers, some suggesting the name of a man shown in CCTV footage, who officers want to eliminate from their inquiry.
The attack happened early on September 7. The woman, who was visiting Brighton from Kent, was grabbed between Coalition nightclub in King’s Road Arches and Regency Square, and raped on the beach near the West Pier.
After the programme, Detective Inspector Ian Still, of Sussex Police, said: "I would like to thank everyone who called in and I hope that we will continue to receive more information over the coming days.
“This was a nasty attack which has greatly affected both the lives of the victim and her family.” Anyone with information can call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Op Harvard, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.