A YOUNG woman was sexually assaulted on a beach after a night out with friends.

The incident occurred on Bognor beach at 3.30am on Sunday, September 5.

The victim, who had been out with friends at the Sheiks nightclub, reported being sexually assaulted inside the nightclub during the evening.

The same man took her to the beach in The Esplanade, close to the pier, where she was again sexually assaulted.

The victim is receiving support from specially trained officers, while crime scene officers have been at the beach in Bognor to gather evidence in the inquiry.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

The male suspect is white with short blond hair, 5ft 7 and wearing a blue/green T-shirt, tight jeans, and white socks.

District commander chief inspector Jon Carter said: “This is a serious offence, and I appreciate that it may cause some to be worried about their safety when out at night in Bognor.

“The investigation team will work tirelessly to identify the person involved in this matter and bring them to justice.

“Sussex Police are working with other partners to introduce new measures to keep the district safe.

“In addition, specific police patrol activity, and work with licensed venues is continuing to keep our area safe, especially during the late evening and night time.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to report it to Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote Operation Wingrave.