Sussex

Second arrest after sex attack on man in Sussex

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

A second man has been arrested after a middle-aged man was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in a Sussex town.

The victim was in Wadhurst when a driver stopped him and asked for directions, before a passenger got out and attacked him in broad daylight.

A 24-year-old from Lingfield, Surrey, has been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

Earlier this month, a 31-year-old man was arrested at his home in Lingfield and bailed.

In an interview in July, the victim told the BBC he thought he was going to die during the attack, which happened in The Marlpit at 1645 BST on 16 July.

He told BBC South East he had experienced difficulty talking to his wife about the attack.

'Asked for light'

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

He was stopped by a motorist asking for directions before a male passenger got out asking for a light.

The passenger hit the victim in the face, knocked him to his knees and assaulted him. He also threatened him 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 described as 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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