A 19-YEAR-OLD woman was attacked and raped.

Detectives in Hastings are investigating the incident which happened in the town on Saturday morning.

The woman contacted police from a friend's house at 5.34am after being attacked by a man she didn’t know in the West Hill area.

Detective Inspector Gavin Patch, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a vicious attack and we want to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident or the man who perpetrated it.

“We have located the scene, which has been cordoned off while our scenes of crime team undertake forensic analysis of the area. The woman is now being cared for by specially-trained officers.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was present on West Hill between approximately 3am and 6am on Saturday morning.

Police have asked people to contact them by email at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting Operation Insight. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.