A TEENAGE boy has been arrested after reports of a series of sex attacks involving someone on a moped riding up behind women and touching them inappropriately.

Police are investigating suspected sexual assaults in Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne, with women reporting being slapped or touched inappropriately.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Monday, October 18, after officers made a number of enquiries.

The teenager has been arrested on suspicion of five counts of sexual assault on a female, one count of common assault, possession of a controlled Class B drug and using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Police also seized a moped.

Inspector Aidan Cornwall said: "We have interviewed a boy in relation to these assaults and he has been released on bail with strict conditions, including not to ride a moped or motorcycle, and not to have contact with females unknown to him unless as part of his usual day-to-day activities.

"We take reports of this nature very seriously - everyone has a right to go about their business without fear of assault and intimidating behaviour.

"We encourage any other victims or witnesses of these offences to come forward."

Anyone with information in relation to these incidents are encouraged to contact police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Paris.