A woman was attacked and raped in a Brighton town centre street in the early hours of this morning, Sussex Police said today ( Saturday 23 December).
The force said: “Police are appealing for witnesses after being called to investigate the rape of a 43-year-old woman in Brighton city centre.
“It happened at some time between 12.15am and 1am as the victim was walking towards the sea along Queen’s Road.
“As she reached its junction with Gloucester Road she was approached by a man she did not know who told her he had a knife and forced her down steps near the traffic lights.
“No knife was actually seen by the victim.
“After the attack the suspect made off along Queen’s Road.
“He is described as white, clean shaven but of a scruffy appearance and with a scar on the left side of his face.
“He was wearing a red t-shirt and blue trousers.”
Detective Inspector Ian Still, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was an isolated incident, carried out close to the main thoroughfare leading to Brighton railway station.
“Our inquiries are still at an early stage and we are seeking to clarify the exact circumstances.
“It is a busy area, even late at night, and we would ask anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or recalls seeing something that may have since struck them as such, to get in touch.”
Sussex Police added: “Information can be reported online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 56 of 23/12.