A distressed and injured woman told security staff on the door of a Brighton pub that a man had tried to rape her.
They called police but the woman had gone by the time that officers arrived at the pub, close to Churchill Square.
Sussex Police said today (Tuesday 19 November): “Police in Brighton are appealing for a woman who told pub staff that a man had attempted to rape her to come forward.
“Officers attended the Crowns pub, in Cranbourne Street, Brighton, at 1.25am on Saturday (17 November) shortly after door staff reported that the distressed woman had approached them and informed them about the offence.
“However, she had left the area by the time police arrived.”
Detective Sergeant Jemma Paterson said: “We are keen to trace the woman so that one of our specialist trained officers can speak to her.
“She may have been drinking in the pub earlier in the evening.
“She is reported to have injuries to her face and neck and she may live in central Brighton.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who may know the victim or have witnessed anything suspicious in the area around the time.
“Anyone with information can report online or ring 101 quoting serial 87 of 16/11.”