Police appeal to partygoers after Brighton night club rape


Mid Sussex’s young party-goers may be able to help police after a woman was raped on Brighton beach.

Sussex Police are appealing for help tracing a man after the attack came to light recently.

Hundreds of teenagers and other young people from the Mid Sussex area are among those who visit Brighton for its night life, including the many clubs that remain open until the early hours.

Police say the 18-year-old woman was attacked by a man she met in Coalition nightclub.

They left the nightclub together and went onto the beach between the club and the Fortune of War nearby before he raped her.

The attack happened between 2.30am and 3.15am on November 15 and detectives have been investigating lines of inquiry since then to try to identify who was involved.

They are still hopeful someone will recognise a man recorded on CCTV footage in Coalition who they would like to speak to.

He was white, about 5ft 8ins and in his early 20s. He was clean shaven, had short blond or brown hair and was wearing a blue t-shirt.

Detective Sergeant Mark Taylor said: “The CCTV shows a man in Coalition who we would like to speak to. We think he could have valuable information that could help us with the investigation.

“If anyone knows who he is or where he is I would urge them to contact us as soon as possible.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen the man in the club on the night of the attack.

“Although this happened several months ago we are still hopeful of finding someone who can help us get in touch with the man in the CCTV.

“If you know anything at all, please call us.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 133 of 15/11, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.