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Gardener Kevin Collins sought over Sussex sex attacks

Police want to trace a gardener in connection with a series of sexual assaults on boys in West Sussex more than 30 years ago.

Detectives said three brothers say they were sexually assaulted on several occasions in the late 1970s, when they were aged between five and eight.

Police are keen to trace a man called Kevin Collins, who worked in the East and West Witterings area.

Sussex Police said he had been invited into the family home as a guest.

'Only recently reported'

Det Con Mark Burgess said Collins had worked as a gardener and odd job man in the 1970s, when he was in his 40s.

He said Collins was scruffy and had dark tanned skin. He may have come from Kent, possibly the Gravesend area.

"Although these allegations relate to a period more than 30 years ago, they have only recently been reported to us," he added.

"Regardless of the time that has gone by, we will always treat such allegations seriously and in confidence."

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