A MAN has been arrested in connection with a rape in Hove.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of a sexual assault in Church Road about 2am on Wednesday.

The victim, a woman in her 50s, is believed to have met the suspect – who is not known to her – between St John’s Place and Second Avenue.

The assault is then reported to have happened behind shops in Church Road.

The suspect was wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap.

A 30-year-old man from Seaford was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

But has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen the people involved.

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

Anyone with information is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 108 of 17/04.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.