16-year-old arrested on suspicion of rape on Worthing seafront

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Detectives investigating the rape of a woman on East Worthing seafront have arrested a man, a spokesman confirmed.

A woman in her 20s was walking along New Parade off the A259 Brighton Road, near the Splash Point building site, when she was approached by a man shortly before 10.30pm on Sunday, September 8.

The man initially asked directions but then took her to the beach and raped her, police confirmed.

He then left the area on foot, according to police.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested in Worthing this morning (Wednesday, September 18) on suspicion of the rape, police confirmed.

After being interviewed, he was released on police bail with conditions until 13 October while enquiries continue, police said.

Detective Sergeant Eva Barwis of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Team said: "We are grateful to local people for their response to our appeals for information.

"However our investigation is still very much ongoing and if you have any information that might help, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Neston."

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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