Sussex

Arrest over sex attack on man in Wadhurst

The Marlpit
Image caption The victim was attacked at knifepoint in The Marlpit, Wadhurst, East Sussex

A man has been arrested in connection with a knifepoint sex attack on a middle-aged man in a market town.

The victim told the BBC last week he thought he was going to die during the attack in The Marlpit in Wadhurst, East Sussex, at 1645 BST on 16 July.

Sussex Police said a 31-year old man was arrested at his home in Lingfield, Surrey, on Sunday on suspicion of being involved in the assault in Wadhurst.

Detectives said he was bailed until 11 September pending further inquires.

'Asked for light'

Speaking under condition of anonymity, the victim told BBC South East he had experienced difficulty talking to his wife about the attack.

He said he had decided to speak about his ordeal in the hope of bringing his attacker to justice.

The man was stopped by a motorist asking for directions before a male passenger got out asking for a light. He was then attacked and threatened with a knife.

Police said the men were travelling in a small, dark blue two-door hatchback.

The attacker, who was white and aged between 18 and 25, was closely shaven.

Detectives said although racist comments were made during the attack, the assault was not being treated as racially motivated.

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