A TEENAGER and a woman were sexually assaulted while in their beds.

The person responsible had reached in through an open window to molest the women by touching them over their clothes.

Police are now warning people who sleep with their windows ajar to consider their night time security.

The first incident happened on April 30 when a 15 year old was assaulted in her bed in Stocker Road at about 5am.

The second involved a 24-year-old woman who was lying in bed in a flat in Victoria Drive between 6am and 7am on May 14.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about either incident, perhaps having noticed suspicious activity in the early hours at these locations.

"It left those assaulted feeling both shocked and traumatised.

"Given the similarity of the circumstances and the proximity of these two incidents, we have not ruled out the possibility that they may be linked.

"Enquiries are continuing and we would urge anyone else who may have been assaulted to come forward.

"Meanwhile police patrols in the area have been increased."

DI Pack added that it was advisable not to leave externally accessible windows open at night, or to fit locking devices that prevent them from being opened more than an inch or two to permit ventilation.

Anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or to phone 101, quoting serial 1481 of 14/05 for Victoria Drive or 487 of 30/04 for Stocker Road.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.