A man has been charged with two counts of rape and five other sex offences.

Ian Elliott has been charged with two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, voyeurism and two counts of administering a substance with intent to commit a sexual offence. 

The 69-year-old remains under investigation for several other offences and police are appealing for information.

Detectives investigating a series of sexual assault allegations in North Heath near Pulborough are keen to speak with anyone who has information which could support their investigation.

Elliott, of Stall House Lane, North Heath, has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on January 3, 2023.

“This is a significant investigation into a series of sexual assaults which took place over a number of years and could span several decades," said Detective Inspector Jason Hazzard.

"Ian Elliott was a prominent member of the local community and was also involved in sports and social clubs in the Wisborough Green area, if you lived or worked in the area or were involved in any of these clubs and recall an interaction or incident involving him that may be of interest to us please get in touch.

"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have worked for him at any of the properties he has owned in the area.  

"We are supporting several victims but there could be others who have not yet come forward and it is vitally important they do so, even if information is historic, it is just as important that we hear from you."