Police investigate sexual assault in Crawley last night

Police have opened up an investigation after a woman was sexually assaulted in Crawley last night (Saturday, March 27).

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 2:56 pm
Updated Sunday, 28th March 2021, 3:00 pm

Sussex Police has said it is investigating a report that a woman was sexually assaulted in Bewbush Drive at about 8.15pm yesterday.

Police will be increasing patrols in the area following the incident and anyone who may have witnessed it has been asked to come forward.

The victim was grabbed by an unknown man and subsequently ran to a place of safety, police have said.

Bewsbush Drive, Crawley. Picture via Google Streetview

Enquiries are ongoing to identify the suspect and officers will be conducting additional patrols in the local area.

Chief Inspector Shane Baker said: "Our teams will be carrying out fast-time actions including house to house enquiries as we work to identify the suspect responsible.

"We are treating this an isolated incident, however we will be carrying out additional patrols to provide reassurance to the local community."

Anyone who witnessed what happened or who has information that may assist with enquiries is urged to report online or by calling 101, quoting 1495 of 27/03.