VIDEO: Police visit Worthing rape scene to find fresh witnesses

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Worthing went back to the scene last night (Friday) – a week after the attack to try to find fresh witnesses.

Saturday, 20th June 2015, 12:09 pm
Whitebeam rape scene SUS-150620-115300001

Officers revisited Whitebeam Woods in Durrington at 10.30pm to speak to residents and people passing through the area in case they have information that could help with the inquiry.

Officers were called shortly before 12.25am on Saturday June 13 after the 25-year-old victim was attacked as she was walking on a footpath through the woods that leads from Holly Close to Whitebeam Road.

The woman was assaulted while she was close to the basketball court that is opposite the junction of Romany Road and Walnut Tree Way.

Whitebeam rape scene SUS-150620-115300001

The attacker forced the woman to the ground and raped her.

The rapist would have had to leave the woods via one of a number of footpaths that emerge between the houses in the area and officers are keen to speak to anyone that was in the area and who saw or heard anything suspicious between 11.30pm on Friday 12 June and 12.30am on Saturday 13 June.

They are also looking for any CCTV that could have captured the attacker entering the woods or leaving after the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz, from the Sussex and Surrey major crime team, said, “Officers will be at Whitebeam Road and at the entrances to the woods from 10.30pm to 12.30am speaking to anyone they meet in the area.

“We need the help of the local community to identify and trace the offender so they can be arrested.

“Although we have visited many of the homes close to where the attack happened, there could be people who were in the area at the time but who do not live there. We are hoping that we could find people tonight who might use the roads in the area but who we have not yet spoken to.

“If you know anything at all, please contact us.”

Anyone with information should email [email protected] quoting Operation Mode, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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