Man arrested after second attempted rape within weeks in Pavilion Gardens in Brighton
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton early this morning (Monday 24 June).
It is the second case in just over a fortnight and this afternoon Sussex Police said that the suspect was still in custody.
The force issued an appeal to try to find the distressed woman who was seen to run off from the area at about 1am.
Sussex Police said: “Police are seeking to locate a woman in connection with an incident at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Gardens in the early hours of Monday 24 June.
“Shortly after 1am, police were called by the Royal Pavilion estates security team following concerns for a woman in distress, who was seen on CCTV to run off from the area.
“A 36-year-old local man was detained by security staff prior to officers’ arrival and arrested on suspicion of attempted rape. He remains in custody at this stage.”
Brighton and Hove Police Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said: “We are aware this is the second report of such an incident at the same location in a relatively short space of time, and each case is being fully investigated.
“The two incidents are not linked.
“In the first incident a man has been arrested, charged with attempted rape, and remanded in custody.
“We are working hard to establish the full circumstances in liaison with Brighton and Hove City Council.
“In the meantime, our priority is to locate the woman involved to ensure she is safe and that she receives any support she may need.”
Sussex Police added: “Officers are concerned for the welfare of the woman involved and are urging her – or anyone with any information about the incident – to come forward.
“You can report it online or call 101, quoting serial 65 of 24/06.
“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report it online.” S[f�B